Friday, June 5 is the annual skip school and go to the “Beach Day” for most high school students in this area.
Beach Day is a practice which has survived at least three generations that I know of. When I was a teenager it wasn’t as formal an event as it is now. It just happened on the first warm day in June. I believe that was still the practice when my kids were in high school but it was a little more planned than in my day. It was planned well enough that rather than have my kids lie about missing school I wrote them a note. What the heck. Everyone needs to goof off now and again.
Now it is the first Friday in June and according to some teens I spoke with today the teachers are busy planning assignments which have to be done in class and finding other creative ways to make sure the kids don’t skip.
Personally I think they should just make it a school trip. That way the teachers could go too, the buses could be involved which would make the roads a little safer for everyone and the kids would have to have permission from parents to go so everyone would know where their children are. Parents with some savvy might even make an effort to show up too and have some fun with their kids.
When we were kids there wasn’t much chance of too much liquor being involved though I’m sure there was some. That has increased over the years too and what began as an innocent day of fun has become a bit dangerous. The police are on high alert at the beaches and I thank them for their vigilance.
Please!!!! If you are a teen or you have teens who are going to be attending the big party tomorrow make sure they understand they won’t get in trouble if they have to call you to pick them up. Offer to drive and pick them up at certain times and in certain places so they have some sense of needing to stick to rules. If you haven’t had the safe drinking talk with them yet it may be too late to do now but it may also be a good opportunity to begin the discussion with younger teens who won’t be skipping school tomorrow.
Wishing all the students of our area and any place else where there is Beach Day a safe and happy time.
If you have memories of beach day please share them.