Beach Day return excites Upper School students

Beach Day will make its exciting return to Anna Maria Island on March 27.


Edited by Gauntlet

Tug-of-War was one of the exciting events that occurred during the last Beach Day in 2019.

After a four year hiatus, the Saint Stephen’s Student Council announced on Monday that Beach Day is returning Monday, March 27. Upper School Falcons will leave their books and pencils behind and visit Manatee Public Beach on Anna Maria Island for a day of relaxation and thrilling Spirit Activities.


The day will feature games for Spirit Points, such as Spikeball hosted by the Spikeball Club, beach volleyball, Tug of War and a new running competition, Beach Flags. In the coming days, Class Presidents will sign interested students up to win Spirit Points. Additionally, Club Blue will lead a beach clean up.


A complementary pizza lunch will be provided, but students are more than welcome to try the cuisine from local beach venues, including the “All You Can Eat” pancake special at the AMI Beach Cafe, so be sure to bring money for additional food. 


It is required that students attend school on Beach Day, either at the beach or doing relaxing Student Council activities on campus including movie viewings and schoolwork catch-up time. 


Student Council Publicist Madison McAvoy said that students who would rather skip the beach are welcome to stay on campus.  McAvoy said they will “be able to have a fun time, but also step away and enjoy some quiet time away from the crowd.” 


After the years away from the beach, many students are excited to head out to the Gulf. Senior Connor Albrech noted that he’s “excited to get away and finally enjoy one of the old school traditions.”


Due to a combination of COVID-19 and other scheduling conflicts, Beach Day had last occurred in 2019, but was a top priority for this year’s Student Council heading into 2023. 


“Giving students a chance to enjoy the outdoors, catch some rays and bond as Upper School students is something we should celebrate,” McAvoy elaborated. 


“The traditional events are returning, but for a group of students who have never experienced them before. I am incredibly excited.”


Students are encouraged to record their interest in Beach Day using this survey link and bring bathing suits, towels and sunblock for fun in the sun on March 27.


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