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St. Andrew students 'unplug' for a play date

Play board games as part of Global Challenge Game Day

Kiara Lauria, Alexa Montoya, Kissiah Blake and Valeria Garzon are all smiles as they prepare for a round of Hedbanz. Players race to see who can figure out

Photographer: COURTESY PHOTO

Kiara Lauria, Alexa Montoya, Kissiah Blake and Valeria Garzon are all smiles as they prepare for a round of Hedbanz. Players race to see who can figure out "What am I?" - the illustrated card on their "hedbanz" - by asking questions of their playmates that will provide them with clues to the correct answer.

With the opportunity to buy McDonald's, Sony, Coca-Cola and other big-named brands, Adam John and Ronald Stock could not wait to play Monopoly Empire. Adam and Ronald, along with other St. Andrew School students, joined in the fun of playing non-electronic games as a part of Global Challenge Game Day.

Photographer: COURTESY PHOTO

With the opportunity to buy McDonald's, Sony, Coca-Cola and other big-named brands, Adam John and Ronald Stock could not wait to play Monopoly Empire. Adam and Ronald, along with other St. Andrew School students, joined in the fun of playing non-electronic games as a part of Global Challenge Game Day.

CORAL SPRINGS| On Global Challenge Game Day, St. Andrew School students joined 60,000 of their peers from around the world in putting their books away for one class period to engage in creative, non-electronic gaming.

"I think it is exciting," said Principal Kristen Hughes. "The students are learning tactical skills and practicing good sportsmanship."

Fifth grade teacher Renee Sarmiento approached Hughes after he read about the activity on the Internet. Hughes enthusiastically agreed to the challenge.

"Whatever is different to engage the students, she's game," Sarmiento said of Hughes.

Julia Matchanickel, a fourth grade teacher, said the game day challenge helps prepare the students for interacting with all types of people.

"They are having fun and they don't realize they are learning to work together," Matchanickel said. "With social media and the Internet, they don't get a chance to interact with one another in person. This helps them with their social skills."

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