BELPRE - A group of sixth-graders at Belpre Elementary School got a surprise Wednesday when they lost every game of chair volleyball to a group from the Belpre Senior Citizens Center.
"It was an eye-opener for the kids to learn that the older citizens can be active," said Karen Waller, guidance counselor at the school. "We lost both games, but the kids had a good time."
This was the second year for the tournament at the former Stone Elementary School, now the district's administration building.
Photo by Jolene Craig
The ball sails over the net during the second annual tournament Wednesday between the Belpre Elementary School sixth-grade students and the members of the Belpre Senior Citizens Center chair volleyball team.
"We're going to try to make this a tradition," said Waller.
Last year the senior center asked Waller if she knew of any groups their chair volleyball members could scrimmage against and she put up the then-sixth-grade students.
"By doing this every year not only do the seniors need a team to play against, but they enjoy seeing the kids," Waller added.
The Big Game
Sixth-grade students at Belpre Elementary went head-to-head against members of the Belpre Senior Citizens Center chair volleyball team Wednesday morning.
The students were defeated by the seniors for the second year.
Superintendent Tony Dunn said he enjoys the opportunity to merge the community and students for a common activity.
"Any time we can get the seniors and kids together, it is not only a great thing, but a lot of fun," he said.
Waller said that before the students made the walk from Belpre Elementary School to the administration building, they had no idea they would be playing chair volleyball or their opponents were senior citizens.
"They kept coming up to me all morning and asking if their shoes were OK, and I told them that all of their shoes were perfect," Waller said with a laugh. "The groans of disappointment when they were told they couldn't even stand up were more of surprise because I told them nothing."