With progress reports going home on Tuesday, there was good reason to celebrate. We are half-way through the first semester and our staff and students have been hard at work. Under Carolina blue skies, five hundred of our second through fifth grade students made the trek on foot to Randolph Middle School’s field to participate in Play 60, a youth “training camp” sponsored by the Carolina Panthers. They were prepped with a brief lecture on the importance of 60 minutes of activity per day, three well-balanced meals, and a solid night of sleep before cycling through a variety of football related obstacles. The kids were running, punting, jumping, tackling, and catching. But the impact of the day was much greater than the activities – the kids and the staff learned the importance of play. With music blaring, I watched kids dance, act silly with their new classmates, and laugh along with teachers, support staff and parent volunteers. After days hunkered down behind desks, Play 60 provided the opportunity to build community inside and outside the classroom. Thanks to Mr. Clutts and all of our Cotswold staff and volunteers who participated.