There was one exclamation repeated over and over again at Hogg’s Hollow Preschool’s annual Track and Field Meet last month: “They’re pretty good!”
Children ages 3-6 competed in a range of contests at the March 18 extravaganza, taking full advantage of the La Cañada-Flintridge facility and its adjacent track field while showing off almost a year of training in a variety of events. There were foot and bicycle races, tug of wars, rock wall climbing, basketball dribbling, ball throws, summersaults and more, with the students grouped in categories by age. The competitions went back-to-back on the sunny spring morning, while parents cheered on in support.
“Today we want to show you what our kids can do,” the school’s director Rose Hogg said, introducing the Track and Field Meet with a short speech to parents. “They’re little but they can really do some awesome things. You’ll see.”
For their part, even the littlest students showed up in a big way. While the older kids showed off impressive speed, stamina and coordination, those younger children found plenty of encouragement as they raced around the 1/4-mile dirt track. Afterwards, all participants received ribbons and medals for participating, showing a clear sense of confidence and accomplishment.
“Thank you everyone for making it a great day and a great event, everybody’s stronger for it,” said Hogg.
And to look around at the smiling faces of students and family alike during the pizza party that followed, it showed.