You can get your kicks on Route 66. You can even learn a lot about everything from social studies to math by studying the Mother Road, also known as the Main Street of America. “It integrates well with all our subject areas,” said Babs Tims, Lakeside Elementary School fourth grade teacher. Lakeside fourth graders concluded their year-long study of the route with a car show, PowerPoint show they created themselves, some route landmarks constructed from LEGOS and a meal of corn dogs, held Wednesday at the USD 250 Staff Development Center. “Corn dogs were invented in Springfield, Ill., which is on the route,” said Tims, who came up with the idea for the Route 66 study project in 2008. Other Lakeside fourth grade teachers participating in the program are Adam Brown, who does the technology, and Ellen Goode. Tims said the idea came from her family’s long association with Route 66, which was established in 1926 and originally ran from Chicago, Ill., through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, Calif. “I grew up in a Route 66 journey family,” Tims said. “Some of the family went to California and we would go there to see them. Her older sister, Susie Tims, said their parents would take them to California every year. “This was when there were no car seats,” she said. “I remember going through the Painted Desert. That’s where my brother, Ronnie, knocked out my tooth.” She had a better time visiting farmers markets in California. “You’d see stars there quite often,” Susie Tims said. “Once, right as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were splitting up, I saw Dean in a market and I asked him, ‘Where’s Jerry?’ He picked me up and kissed me.” The trips eventually stopped, but in 2007 they took their mother, Barbara Tims, on her last trip to California, and she talked about many of the things along the way. “That’s when I said that we need to do a project on Route 66,” Babs Tims said. “I guess when Mom was talking that just inspired me.” Project studies include science, math and social studies, and included field trips for students to Galena, Riverton and Baxter Springs, local towns on the route. “I liked the events and all the trips we had,” said Cooper Hayden. “We went to Cars on the Route and the Carousel Park.” Each student also chose a more distant city on the route and collected information about it. “I like how we got to study a city,” Abby Painter said. “I studied Williams, Ariz.” “I studied Chicago,” said Mattie Vacca. “I liked going to the soda fountain in Baxter Springs and the Coleman Theatre in Miami, Okla.” The culminating program started outside in a parking lot with a showing of cars by members of Rollin’ Nostalgia Car club. “Rollin’ Nostalgia is so kind to come and show cars,” Tims said. “As long as the weather is good, we can expect to see them every year.” Then the program moved indoors for the showing of the LEGO creations, the PowerPoint program and dances by some of the boys to Chubby Checkers and by the girls to a Cindy Lauper song. Students also received souvenir photos of themselves sitting inside Tow Tater, a restored 1951 International Boom truck that inspired the character of Tow Mater in the movie “Cars.” Tims hopes to do the project with Brown and Goode during the 2014-2015 school year as well. “I’ve been working with the Route 66 Association as well and spoke at a national convention in Joplin,” she added. “We’d like to see this type of project expand to other places as well.” Fourth grader Beth Blessent is happy to give the Route 66 program her personal recommendation. “I just thought it was a good time and a good chance at my age,” she said.