Port St. Joe High starts school with "Wacky Olympics"

PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The first day of school can be stressful for everyone, especially the students, but one area high school has been able to quell those first day jitters.

Instead of classes all day, Port St. Joe High School starts their first day with what they call the "Wacky Olympics" where the entire student body competes in fun team challenges.

Then everyone breaks out and goes to a series of short periods to meet their new teachers and take care of any registration issues that might surface.

Then it's more Olympics in the afternoon, only this time high school and middle school classes are separated for their own competitions.

Student Government Adviser Sissy Godwin says it helps some of the younger students.

"Especially for our new students, those that are coming in as seventh graders and then anyone that's new to the area, new to our district. Then as those kids come in it's kind of like an icebreaker for them. So they're not thrown into a classroom sitting in rows of desks feeling a little intimidate," she explained.

The Wacky Olympics were originally started about 20 years ago by faculty members and were such a success that after a few years they turned it over to be led by the student government.