FOIL BOATS - Jefferson Elementary School students engage in learning and team building activities on their first day back to school. Steve McBride | Staff Photo
FOIL BOATS - Jefferson Elementary School students engage in learning and team building activities on their first day back to school. Steve McBride | Staff Photo

The students of Jefferson Elementary school in Independence were welcomed back after their holiday break on Tuesday through an event of team building and problem solving on their first day back to school from Christmas vacation.

According to Paula Marchant, Title I math teacher, the event began three years ago as "a fun way to come back to school."

"The intent is to help get back into the school routine by using educational activities that will allow students learn to work together to develop leadership, sportsmanship and to solve problems through a variety of activities," she said.

The grades - third, fourth and fifth - participated in their own set of activities that challenged the class and individual students in problem solving skills.  

"There are no prizes, it is the satisfaction that the students receive from working with a team and knowing that you did the best," said Marchant.

Some of the activities included an activity called "Flip It," which was a team challenge that had the members of each team standing on a bed sheet and their fellow peers attempting to "flip over the sheet completely." 

"Members are not allowed to step off the sheet. The teams must work together and form plans to achieve their goal," Marchant said.

The students were introduced to a variety of challenges, such as Foil Boats, the Minefield Challenge, Untie the Knot, Goblin's Gold, the Marshmallow Building Challenge and more.  

As the students moved from each class, they are met with new activities that tested their ability to reason and solve problems.