Spring soccer has arrived, along with seasonable weather, and parents all over are rejoicing. Stow's program starts with munchkins (as young as 4.5 year olds) and goes up to U16 and U18 and the highly competitive Nashoba United teams. Soccer was never my favorite personal sport to play or to watch. But I do think soccer is a great sport to get involved for an initial foray into sports. There's a lot less to learn than, say, baseball. Stow has made great strides in its younger leagues over the past few years by involving the Play Soccer program. The program is quite popular in New England and they send us real UK coaches to help the kids learn skills. I'm still not quite sure if they are authentically British, they could just have really good accent training. Maybe I'll place a pint of Samuel Smith's near a goal and see if they go for it. Image: Players get ready for a kick-in during the today's first U7 game at the Pompositticut School fields.
For elementary school children, one of the major social events of the year is the Stow Arts Buffet Festival. Held at Center School and sponsored by the Stow PTO, upwards of 200 kids engaged in numerous arts and crafts projects in the school's gymnasium. T-shirt decorating and clay modeling were probably the favorites. The time capsule will be the most enduring. Kids answered some questions about themselves and put the paper inside a plastic tennis ball can which is only to be opened upon graduation from high school! The recycled art section challenged kids to be creative and many unique pieces of art were made. In addition to the art, music teacher Judy Dyer coordinated a musical talent show with acts student acts including guitar, flute, trumpet, saxophone, piano and violin performances. On stage was the Art Show, displaying kids' framed art.
To view a larger set of images, visit: Arts Buffet Slideshow.