Students and Staff Participate in Tuttlefest

Posted by Corey Burdick on 6/6/2019 2:00:00 PM

Fun, sun, and community service were the themes of the day at F.H. Tuttle Middle School's 5th Tuttlefest. The event was developed in 2015 by science teacher, Chris Towle as well as Amelia Lutz, Sarah Meisenzahl, Mike Hoffman, Andy Weis and Susan Sobczak (former parent and PTO member) with assistance from many others. The event initially involved adult led activties with the aim of "improving school climate."

"Different groups of adults worked on items such as school rules, honoring fellow teachers by giving each other thank you notes (still going today), the creation of a school wide festival/field day, and creating a way for kids to give back to our school district and the greater community by participating in service projects," Towle said.

As that first year went on, "the service project group and the festival/field day group decided that it would be best to combine our efforts and to create a one day event that had the morning time participate in various community service projects followed by a picnic and field day for the second half.  The concept of “work hard & play hard." Thus, Tuttlefest was created.

In the past, first year teachers supervised a group of students from all three grades for projects, but now the activites are done "on team." This year, students participated in a number of service projects including picking up trash, painting picnic tables and ceiling tiles, creating outdoor classrooms and various group game courts such as the Gaga pit and Nine Square in the Air. Cleaning up/fixing up and raking behind the school; working on the flower gardens at Wheeler Nature Park, kindness notes/rocks in the Gazebo,  and helping seniors with technology were additional outreach activities.

Towle noted that the first year of Tuttlefest, the service project groups stayed together and played games such as kick ball.  Now, Towle reports, the field day is more of a choice to play games or simply spend time with friends. This year's field day events included gaga ball, four square, the dunk tank (where Principal Karsten Schlenter and other teachers took a seat!), twister (inflatable), cornhole, knockout, tug of war, bungee run (inflatable), and more.

Towle said, "My hope is that everyone realizes how much fun working and playing together is and I truly believe that Tuttlefest has improved the morale of our school." 

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