It’s not every day you can play soccer for school, but that’s what roughly 60 Santa Barbara elementary school students did Monday.
The teachers and staff of Monroe Elementary, Cleveland Elementary, Harding University Partnership School, and Adelante Charter school hosted a lunchtime soccer league for students.
The event featured about 60 6th-grade students playing soccer at Cleveland Elementary.
Students in attendance said they were excited to get outside and play soccer with other students.
The students from all four schools were sorted into teams to meet each other and build camaraderie.
“We wanted to bring these students together for a day of fun and to get to know each other before beginning junior high,” said Cleveland Principal Gabriel Sandoval.
The idea was inspired by Monroe Principal Brian Naughton, who wanted to build community and teach sportsmanship through soccer. #weareunified
The schools want to plan more meet-ups in the future and feature other sports.
“My hope is we’ll be able to do this again and bring back the positive vibes to school,” said Martin Cook, Assistant Principal at Harding.