It just isn't really spring until the Sherman Independent School District holds its annual Fourth Grade Field Day event. Bearcat Stadium roared to life Friday with shouts and squeals of children having fun in the sun.

The event pits all of the fourth grade classes from Sherman ISD schools and St. Mary's Catholic School — which is 600-700 students — against each other in recess-related games like relay races, tug-of-war battles and events designed to keep the youngsters on their toes for most of the day.

“It's important to keep exercise fun,” elementary physical education teacher Julie Brown said. “This is also a great opportunity for kids from different schools to mingle with each other before they all go to Dillingham Intermediate School next year.”

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Each of the classes dressed in a different colored shirt and parents, grandparents and other supporters gathered with signs to show their support for schools, particular classes or just their favorite fourth grader.