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  • Kids get to be pirates for a day

  • Lakeside Elementary School’s sixth annual fourth grade Pirate Day Friday afternoon featured significant changes.

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    Lakeside Elementary School’s sixth annual fourth grade Pirate Day Friday afternoon featured significant changes.

     

    Teacher Babs Tims started the celebration six years ago as a way to combine her love of the swashbuckling, high seas raiders with everyday lessons. Held in conjunction with International Talk Like A Pirate Day, her students learned about directions by navigating treasure maps around the school, and about land forms by creating pirate island cakes, among others. Dressed in eye patches and other pirate garb, they spent the afternoon moving from station to station.

     

    “It shows them how to work collectively in a group,” Tims said of the roughly 60 students who participated this year.

     

    This year was different, though, because the other fourth grade teachers let their classes join in the fun. In Tims’ room the students rotated in and built pirate islands from angel food cake, frosting, pretzels and assorted candies. Nine-year-old Logan Jones and his pirate crew from Matt Burford’s class added rice crispy treat houses, pretzel trees with foliage of green frosting and Hershey’s Kisses, and chocolate bar land features. The red licorice ropes seemed out of place, though.

     

    “Yeah, I really don’t know what those are for,” Jones said contemplatively.

     

    The kids love Pirate Day for a variety of reasons. Griffin Cooper said he likes the problem solving aspect of analyzing a treasure map.

     

    “I love learning how to use the clues to find places,” Cooper said.

    Kassidy O’Dell said that finding out the other reason pirates wore eye patches was fascinating.

     

    “They’d wear one during the day so they’d have one eye used to the dark when they had fights at night,” O’Dell said. “I got to learn a lot of cool stuff, though. I didn’t know about a lot of the things she told us.”

     

    Jones said the origami pirate ships they made were cool, but not that cool because they can’t float.

     

    “The treasure hunt was cool, though,” he said. “We got to go all around the school.”

     

    Tims said she wasn’t surprised that the other fourth grade teachers got their classes in on the action.

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    “I think the kids saw how much fun we’re having,” Tims said. “I think they just  wanted to get involved.”

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