On the Journey
news reel: stories of People, places, and learning AT Aspen Country Day School
What is Blue Green Day?
Ask an ACDS student for a Blue Green Day memory, and you'll hear about dressing up in team colors, going wild with green hairspray or painting faces with blue stripes. Or building a human pyramid with children from all the other grades on their team. Or triumphing over the other team in an epic trivia contest. The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.
Something about this tradition of field day games really speaks to the children of Country Day. Traditions in general are important to children, and taking the time to enjoy them is part of the joy of the journey at ACDS.
We asked children to explain Blue Green to families who are new to ACDS:
"There are three Blue Green Days every year: fall, winter, spring."
"Everybody is either on the Blue or the Green. Families are all the same color."
"The Eighth Graders gave everybody who was new this year a card saying welcome to their team color. If you don't know, you could ask your teacher."
"We all are on teams that Alex makes up. There are kids from all grades and then the teams run around all over the place to all the different games. You have to run to keep up!"
"The teachers run the games and they keep score of who does what. At the end, we sing the school song."
"PreK kids just watch, mostly. Until Kindergarten, that's when they really get into it, and the big kids help them out."
"The important thing is to wear your school colors and have fun."
Vintage Blue Green, circa 1995: the cooperative games have been played each year since the earliest days.