MCE students learn education while watching Cyclones

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By Matt Birkholtz

Teachers will tell you, “If you learn something new, then it’s been a good day.”

For Deborah Jones, a fifth-grade teacher at Mason-Corinth Elementary school, she gave her students a new way to learn; taking them to a Cincinnati Cyclones game Nov. 16.

“The kids were really surprised, when they heard what we were going to be learning,” she said.

The bus trip to Cincinnati made for an interesting statement from one of Jones’ students.

“One of the kids said that this sounds like it is going to be an educational trip,” she said. “I told him I always take my students on educational trips.”

The fourth annual Ohio Lottery Education in Hockey Day Game is where schools are invited to spend the morning at U.S. Bank Arena, as the Cyclones organization puts on an educational program for the kids – using hockey as a backdrop.

Around 6,000 students, teachers and chaperones from 75 schools in three states attended the education program. This is the first time that MCE has attended the event.

The program had four subject areas for the students to learn, including math, science, geography and physical education and were shown on the jumbotron during the game’s intermissions.

Even though the Cyclones would lose in overtime 3-2 to Kalamazoo, MCE students were cheering the entire game, including moments where the hockey players were fighting.

The idea for the program came from John Hamel, who use to do play-by-play for the Cyclones and it gives young students an opportunity to see hockey.

“Hockey isn’t really a major sport in Cincinnati,” Ian Bolender, new media coordinator for the Cyclones said. “Kids wouldn’t normally get exposed to hockey and this is a way that would help them get acquainted with hockey, while also learning.”

Cheyenne Cook, a student at MCE, was amazed at the game.

“I loved it,” she said. “I have never been to a hockey game before.”

The hockey players took part in the education videos, teaching the students anything from how to solve open sentences using basic math, to the amount of travel a professional hockey team completes in terms of mileage.

“I think it’s great our fan base is getting younger,” Bolender said. “Our players are well educated and are good role models for kids.”


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