Yesterday, my school took nearly 650 6th graders to Coors Field for a local news station’s Weather & Science Day 2014.
Yes, you read that correctly. SIX. HUNDRED. FIFTY. SIXTH. GRADERS. And — get this — there were more than 10,000 children at the event. Seriously. We set a world record for the largest physics lesson ever.
Now, of the 650 from my own school, I was responsible for just 101 of them. Just my little ones that I’ve worked with throughout the course of this school year, and about 25 students in an advanced math class that are still associated with my team. However, despite being responsible for “just 101,” I had many, many nightmares about losing a child at the ballpark, and more than a couple of sleepless nights worrying about the worst things that could happen (kidnapping was the big one that kept me up) while my kids were at the home field of the Rockies.
I wish that I could say that the day went off without a hitch. But, as the saying goes, “the best laid plans of mice and men always go awry.” Our buses to get us to Coors Field were a disaster: of 10 buses, only 1 arrived on time and the other 9 came and went at a snail’s pace, and when it was time for us to be picked up, some of our buses had been swapped out, rendering our bus labels completely useless (we went through a private bus company because the school district’s buses are INSANELY expensive, but we learned that you absolutely get what you pay for). All of this AFTER SEVERAL CONFIRMATION EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS. Yeah, I’ll never be using that bus company again — they can kiss thousands of dollars per year goodbye from our school.
With the exception of the transportation, the day went really well. All of my chaperones (that I had been able to confirm with) came and were on time. My kids were well-behaved, they stayed with their chaperones, and they were kind and polite to the people around them. (My husband can attest to this, as he was one of my chaperones for the day.) They all wish that they had been able to hear more of the weather and science experiments prior to the start of the baseball game, and then wanted to stay at the baseball game a little longer (we left after the 2nd inning to ensure that our kids would make it back to school before the final bell), but all in all, the kids I spoke with gave the day two-thumbs up, and recommended that we take the same field trip next year. Teacher win!
A couple links about the event: