Surprise field day for students from burned-down Edison school

April 16, 2014 3:42:21 PM PDT
Elementary school students from New Jersey who had their school destroyed by a fire had their spirits lifted with quite a surprise Wednesday.

Kids who used to attend James Monroe Elementary School in Edison knew they'd be visiting MetLife Stadium.

But they had no idea a fun-filled day of activities was waiting for them, in the field day of a lifetime.

The students have been attending a nearby Middlesex Community College after their school was destroyed in an accidental fire caused by a cigarette last month.

They have had to rely on donations and community support to continue the school year.

Wednesday, MetLife Stadium and the Jets and Giants hosted the entire school of 500 kids for a day of fun.

"We have this amazing facility here at MetLife Stadium and we just thought, what can we do to help?," said stadium spokeswoman Nicole Fountain.

They threw footballs, raced their teachers, and overcame obstacles. It was a chance to dodge for a moment the reality of losing their school.

"Because our school burned down, and they were very generous enough to give us this opportunity," said 5th grader Jamison Costolick.

"Lots of us watch football, especially with the Jets and the Giants, and to be here where all the football games were, it's just surreal," said 5th grader Nicole Shapiro.

"We got to kick the football, we went in the obstacle courses, we did lots of stuff with the football, we did races," said 5th grader Cameron Riggans.

"We've always instilled community service in our kids, so to now be the recipients of so much, it really shows the magnitude of the generosity and the depth of human spirit," said James Monroe school principal, Lynda Zapoticzny.

And the perfect ending to a picture perfect day was their own photo in the center of MetLife Stadium.

"We just hope that they all had a good time. They've been through something that is traumatic, so this was a day for them to let loose, have fun, be with their classmates," said Fountain.