Friday, October 5, 2007

Boxcar Derby

Today was the annual kindergarten boxcar derby. Since open house, we have been hearing about this event. This is a really big deal. The children and their parents are to make a race car out of a cardboard box. It must be at least six inches tall on each side. Those are the only requirements. We have been working on our car for over a week. It was so cool. It was painted blue with yellow "5"s on the side and C's name painted on the back. We had real lights in the front and reflectors on the back, real windows on the side and a windshield on the front. The race was scheduled for 9am this morning. The local newspaper was there, as well as the local radio station interviewing racers. One of the local banks set up a tent with donuts and coffee for the fans, which probably numbered in the hundreds. The entire school came out to cheer on the racers.

C had quite a cheering section. Besides me, P and R, Mammaw and Pappaw were there, our dear neighbors JuJu and HeyDad, Coach Brent and Miss Mary all came to root C on. The racetrack was the soccer field, set up for the runners to go twice around, with three pit stops. One to clean the windshield (wipe their faces), check their tires (check to make sure shoes are tied), and a water stop.

Each of the six kindergarten classes ran in 3 heats of five or six students. In C's first heat, he was neck and neck for first place. At the water stop, he drank all his water and kindly placed the cup back on the stand. The other kid threw his cup down. C caught up, but at the finish line, tied for second place. First and second place for each heat ran in the next heat to compete for classroom winner. C had the lead and won the race! He won for his whole class! Then, two minutes later it was time for the championship and he was just so tired. He did great, won a trophy and his picture will be in the paper!! We are so proud! He won for Mrs. W's class!

R was dying to get out there and run. It was killing him to just watch. I guess now we have game film for him to study over the next two years!


shelley said...

Wow Sarah, that sounds awesome! I can hardly believe that our little ones that met at kindermusik, are now big kids winning races! That's just so cool! Yeah for C!

JP's MOM said...

Yeah C! What a fun event!

Alana said...

How cute! I love that he stopped and put the cup neatly down. Sounds like C!

jonesfamilyinafrica said...

Sounds like those long legs came in handy! Way to go C!

Janelle said...

That sounds like so much fun!

Three cheers for C!!

Good to hear about your life, friend. Hope all is well!