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WACS students attempt to catch leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day

April 2, 2015
Westfield Republican

Westfield Academy and Central School second graders have been designing and building devices to capture and secure a mythical seasonal creature.

The seven and eight year olds have been using their creativity and knowledge to build traps for the annual leprechaun invention convention.

On St. Patrick's Day their fellow students and neighboring grade levels gathered to examine the design and function of the student concepts to snare leprechauns.

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WACS student Tristen Phillips is shown with his leprechaun catching device.

This is part of the Westfield Elementary School's celebration of the annual Irish holiday and has been going on for over 25 years.

In Cathy Oakes second grade classroom, excitement was tangible as the students were eager to share the concepts and ideas behind their designs and approaches. A majority of the students remembered going to the Leprechaun Invention Convention as younger students and looked forward to second grade and partaking of the annual tradition.

The students described their targets as small, intelligent creatures in green suits with fluffy beards and little black shoes and hats with gold buckles that were tricky, sneaky, mysterious and magical. The students used gold, food, homes and detailed signs to lure the leprechauns to their traps.

"The Leprechaun Convention showcases the imagination and creativity of our students and engages our youngest students in talking about how their designs work as their peers, parents and administration listen," Elementary Principal Shanda DuClon said.

The students were filled with ideas of how to spend the riches their leprechauns will share if they can be caught. Some of the items the students would buy with the gold are: a gold mansion, a gold Chevy Silverado, American Girl Dolls, a trampoline, two dogs, two cats, two horses and two Guniea pigs and Transformers.

"The students really look forward to building the leprechaun trap and the Leprechaun Invention Convention has become a much anticipated event in our school community. I am really pleased that so many of our students and their families participate in this activity that showcases the imagination and creativity of our students," Mrs. DuClon said.

"Every year our students amaze us with how much thought, effort and imagination goes into creating their designs. This is truly a special event for everyone," .



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