Campo Giorno is a field day event that combines sports and academic achievement.
Anyone ever heard about a horse race in Siena, Italy?
Neighborhoods around the city have gathered every year since 1656 to watch the Palio di Siena. Dressed in their own majestic colors, each neighborhood called a con trade enters their own horse in a race which stirs passion and pride among the italians. The winning neighborhood is awarded a specially designed banner to proudly display for a year.
Cherokee County schools will hold their own competition called Camp Giorno.
Students and community members from the county’s 11 elementary school districts will compete in a series of academic and athletic events. Organizers hope the friendly competition will become an annual event in all neighborhood schools to promote the importance of education in the community.
“What we want to do is create a similar competition, using our school attendance zones as our contrade,” Gaffney Ledger Publisher Cody Sossamon said. “In keeping with the Italian theme, we have named this event Campo Giorno (field day.) But instead of a single horse race, we want to have a field day competition with several events, both academic and athletic.”
County schools hold a series of academic contests throughout the year, such as geography bees and quiz bowls, which provide an opportunity for students to add points towards their school’s total before Campo Giorno. Schools will have a 6-point scoring system, ranging from six points for a first place finish and one point for a sixth place finish in an academic contest. The academic competition will conclude with Campo Giorno where students and community members can rekindle the spirit of field days which are a highlight of the school year.
Teams from each school will wear T-shirts designed by art teachers to reflect their school colors and neighborhood in Cherokee County. Past field day events have included a 50-yard dash relay, a tug of war, hoola hooping, a sneaker relay, a 3-legged sack race, and a sponge race. Past collaborators have included Limestone College, the Boys & Girls Club, and Gaffney First Baptist Church.
“The idea is to involve everyone who lives in the attendance area or who ever went to the school. Some events might be geared to grandparents and some to first graders and some a combination of all age groups,” Sossamon said. “Hopefully, it will be held each year with the plan being that this friendly competition will further the goals of KNOW(2).” Campo Giorno represents more than just fun and games. It is being used as a vehicle to help promote Know 2 in the community.