Sullivans students compete in Amazing Race during recess
Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan Students at The Sullivans School on board Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka (CFAY) at Yokosuka Japan are spending their lunch and recess breaks teaming up with each other, solving problems and racing to the finish line in a local version of the popular amazing race shows. They are sprinting through their breaks under the direction of Military and Family Life Counselors and guidance counselors at the Sullivans School.
According to Angela Langilotti, fourth grade guidance counselor at the Sullivans, “This is a program that encourages problem solving, conflict resolution, cooperative team building, organization and time management. Each month a new theme is chosen based on what we are covering in our counseling lessons at that time. For example, we covered kindness in December and January – so we created the Amazing Race in January on the theme of kindness.”
During the race, students learn to work together and problem solve in a positive way.
Students first competed in a relay race, after which, they needed to create a 1 minute skit reflecting the theme, “Kindness.” In an additional twist, the play had to incorporate various props that were provided to them in a brown bag. To make the race still more challenging, the racers couldn't see what was in the bag until they chose their bag. Judges for the event included other school counselors, nurses, recess aides and Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLAC) The MFLACS are a team of counselors formed nearly ten years ago by the Department of Defense (DoD) which was seeking support services that could complement existing military behavioral health programs to support Service Members and their families struggling under the effects of extended and repeated deployments. They have become a vital part of the Sullivans team in the years they have been present and advocating for youths at the Sullivans.
A Sullivans Parent whose child participated in the event had this to say, “"As a new family, I thought that this was a great way for my son to start making friends, especially since the school is so big."
The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, DoD schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America's heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific's 48 schools serve nearly 23,000 military-connected children of U.S.
Service members and civilian support personnel stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,000 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea. The Sullivans School is the largest school in DoDEA with a student body of approximately 1,200 in grades K-5.