Down­town stu­dents

Broad Street sees over 1,000 kids on field trips Fri­day

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By John Popham [email protected]

Broad Street was busy Fri­day morn­ing as over 1,000 stu­dents from around Floyd and sur­round­ing coun­ties were down­town for var­i­ous field trips and Christ­mas events.

El­e­men­tary schools from Floyd, Gor­don, Chat­tooga, Har­al­son and Polk coun­ties gath­ered at the City Au­di­to­rium for two show­ings of “Spirit of the Sea­son” by Rome’s Own Mu­si­cal En­sem­ble. The show fea­tured danc­ing snow­men, a jazz band and an adap­ta­tion of “The Po­lar Ex­press.” The 9 a.m. show filled the au­di­to­rium to its max­i­mum ca­pac­ity with 1,038 stu­dents in at­ten­dance ac­cord­ing to the “Spirit of the Sea­son” check-in sheet. The sec­ond per­for­mance had 667 stu­dents in at­ten­dance. Glen­wood Pri­mary School’s sec­ond-graders at­tended the first show and then spent the bet­ter part of Fri­day tour­ing dif­fer­ent agen­cies on Broad Street.

The sec­ond-graders split into two groups with the first head­ing to the Rome Fire Depart­ment head­quar­ters and the sec­ond to the RomeFloyd County 911 Cen­ter. Then they ro­tated af­ter their tours were com­plete. Rome fire­fight­ers showed the sec­ond-graders their bunks, the fire trucks and even slid down the fire pole as a demon­stra­tion, said Sarah Hol­som­back, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Glen­wood.

At the Rome-Floyd County 911 Cen­ter, Pfc. Steve Cantrell showed the sec­ond-graders the ins and outs of a Rome po­lice pa­trol car. He also showed them his po­lice mo­tor­cy­cle and even flipped on the lights for a show. Af­ter the stu­dents com­pleted both tours they walked over to the Rome Area His­tory Mu­seum for a pic­nic in the mu­seum’s up­stairs room.

Just down the road at the Fo­rum River Cen­ter’s in­door ice rink, some of John­son El­e­men­tary School’s fifth­grade stu­dents spent the morn­ing on the ice. Stu­dents had a choice to go on an overnight trip to Na­ture’s Class­room in Men­tone, Alabama, or to do ac­tiv­i­ties on Thurs­day and Fri­day. The John­son stu­dents at the Fo­rum on Fri­day chose the lat­ter and had a morn­ing on the ice.

Af­ter the John­son crowd rolled out, it was Pep­perell High School’s turn to take over the in­door ice rink. Fresh out of the Can-AThon, the high school stu­dents, along with Pep­perell Mid­dle, raised over $6,000 for the Sal­va­tion Army and were even fea­tured on WXIA 11 Alive News.

The Win­ter Won­der­land Car­ni­val & Ice Fes­ti­val was held in the Fo­rum un­til 11 p.m. with the ice rink stay­ing open un­til mid­night.

ABOVE: Pep­perell High School sopho­more Kel­ley Robin­son skates around the in­door ice rink at the Fo­rum River Cen­ter. Robin­son was down­town Fri­day af­ter he and other Pep­perell stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the Can-A-Thon at the Coosa Val­ley Fair­grounds ear­lier in the day.

RIGHT: John­son El­e­men­tary fifth-graders Lil­iana Owens (left) and Abbi Wor­thing­ton skate along to the song “Ghost­busters,” a reg­u­lar played at the Fo­rum River Cen­ter ice rink. Ev­ery time the song says the word ghost, skaters are sup­posed to switch di­rec­tions.

Pho­tos by John Popham

LEFT: Pfc. Steve Cantrell (left) shows sec­ond-graders from Glen­wood Pri­mary School the ins and outs of a Rome pa­trol car dur­ing their Fri­day morn­ing field trip to the 911 Cen­ter.

BE­LOW: El­e­men­tary schools from Floyd, Gor­don, Chat­tooga, Har­al­son and Polk coun­ties gather at the City Au­di­to­rium on Fri­day morn­ing for two show­ings of “Spirit of the Sea­son” by Rome’s Own Mu­si­cal En­sem­ble Inc.

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