In the hot final week of school, every day is like field day. Around the Dallas School District, everything is up in the air: beanbags seeking targets, children springing from a moonwalk at Bridgeport Elementary. Golf balls stay aloft temporarily as Travis Wright learns to juggle, propelling himself sideways across Bridgeport's playground.
At Oakdale Heights Elementary, spongy balls soaked in bold paint soared towards Vicki Boer. For one day, the principal became a canvas.
"We earned our goal for the jog-a-thon," fourth-grader Nick Schafer explained. "It's a pretty good reward for that," he said, rinsing his hands.
Asked about next year's goal, the colorful principal responded "I think we'll be raising it."
Over at Perrydale School, the last day brought relief and some sadness. Senior Peter Leidig, a German exchange student, came to see something new. Now he's going home. He saw seven western states.
Leidig enjoyed his time at Perrydale. "It's small, but you make friends really easily," he said.
Junior Andy Hallett could barely describe his elation. "To say anything less than ecstatic would be an understatement," he said.
While sixth-grader Blair Brock will keep her bounce at basketball and volleyball camps, her friend Amy Wills was more down to earth.
"I'm kinda sad," Wills said. "I'm going to miss my friends."
For Wills, the summer's plans were up in the air.