Olympic Day at Potter Burns honors memory of former teacher

Olympic Day at Potter Burns honors memory of former teacher

After a successful morning of Field Day activities, 568 students from Potter Burns Elementary School gathered behind the school for a group photo. At left, Principal Dr. Cheryl McWilliams motions for the students to be quiet. (Valley Breeze photo by David Wuerth)

PAWTUCKET – Hundreds of students, faculty and staff, along with local celebrities who volunteered to take part in the dunk tank portion of the festivities, celebrated the annual "Olympic Day" last Friday at Potter Burns Elementary School.

Cheryl McWilliams, principal of the school, said the event is held in memory of a late educator at Potter Burns, Sharon Introini, a city native who taught physical education in the Pawtucket schools for 28 years before her death in November 2010.

A committee begins planning in late winter for the event, which involves the entire school and its 568 students and 50 faculty and staff.

The "Olympic" course included stations for activities like bean bag tossing, a hula hoop competition and relay races. The day ends with faculty and the students teamed up in Olympic colors, gathered for a group photo.

The local celebrities who agreed to brave the dunk tank were Mayor Donald Grebien, Fire Chief William Sisson, Police Chief Paul King and Maj. Arthur Martins. Proceeds from the dunk tank go toward a gift card for a 5th-grader at the school. The winner of the Sharon Introini Sportsmanship Award and gift card from a local sporting goods store will be announced June 19.