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SUPER DUPER BOWL: Pennsbury fifth graders learn sportsmanship, raise funds for charity, build character


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PENNSBURY – While most of the country’s football attention was trained on New Orleans for Super Bowl XXVIII, a group of Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School fifth-graders battled it out on the gridiron in Falls Township.

Locally speaking, the school’s third annual Super Duper Bowl was played in anything but relative obscurity. Teachers Jason Miller and Roger Kean prepared their fifth graders for the Super Duper Bowl by leading practice games during recess.

The much-anticipated, three-team flag football tournament kicked off as the student body cheered for the teams during an enthusiastic pep rally. Except, perhaps, for the size of the players, the Super Duper Bowl had all the big game trimmings of the real thing. The pep rally, a pep band, cheerleaders and the National Anthem all contributed to the festive atmosphere.

Even the pre-games hype mimicked the real thing.

“Morning announcements about the practice games built the excitement each day and the entire student body came outside to watch the game,” Miller said. “Many made signs and posters to cheer on the fifth-graders."

Ninety fifth graders participated in the Super Duper Bowl. Each fifth-grade class played practice games against one another in the weeks leading up to the big games. During the Super Duper Bowl championship, all classes played against one another to see who could score the most touchdowns.

It was definitely a day to remember for the soon-to-be middle schoolers, Miller said.

“This event is something that adds some fantastic memories to the fifth graders' final year at Eleanor Roosevelt,” Miller said. “As a teacher, seeing the students root for one another, show good sportsmanship and having a great time makes it a wonderful event."

Being gracious in victory and defeat was indeed part of the proceedings, Miller said. The teachers made sure of that.

"While fun was a huge benefit for all involved, the students also learned about sportsmanship and teamwork,” Miller said. Continued...

Miller said the event also gives the teachers a chance to work on character education, which the school is focusing on this year. Super Duper Bowl provides the students an opportunity to apply those lessons in a real-life setting.

Acting Principal Gail Campbell said that lessons learned during Super Duper Bowl were not limited to character education. The event provided ties to the math and writing curriculum, according to Campbell.

Each year the Super Duper Bowl raises money for a specific charity through the generosity of the students and community. This year, students raised $360 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

As for the tournament itself, according to Miller, there were three teams, each named after a teacher. The Raging Radical Raybucks (Sandy Raybuck’s class), the Kean Kongs (Roger Kean) and the Melnick Mashers (Joe Melnick) played a round-robin format so each team would have a chance to compete individually against the other two. Most total touchdowns won. The Kean Kongs and Melnick Mashers each scored twice, while the Raging Radical Raybucks scored once.

“We tried not to focus on winners in the game as it was played to promote sportsmanship, school unity and teamwork,” Miller said.

Lexi Ryan’s two touchdown performance earned her the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.

"It felt very exciting,” said Ryan, who received a pretzel trophy for her superior effort. ““It was also really cool being a girl winning a football game MVP award. It was a good experience for me because it allowed me to do something I normally wouldn't get to do.”

 
PENNSBURY – While most of the country’s football attention was trained on New Orleans for Super Bowl XXVIII, a group of Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School fifth-graders battled it out on the gridiron in Falls Township.

Locally speaking, the school’s third annual Super Duper Bowl was played in anything but relative obscurity. Teachers Jason Miller and Roger Kean prepared their fifth graders for the Super Duper Bowl by leading practice games during recess.

The much-anticipated, three-team flag football tournament kicked off as the student body cheered for the teams during an enthusiastic pep rally. Except, perhaps, for the size of the players, the Super Duper Bowl had all the big game trimmings of the real thing. The pep rally, a pep band, cheerleaders and the National Anthem all contributed to the festive atmosphere.

Even the pre-games hype mimicked the real thing.

“Morning announcements about the practice games built the excitement each day and the entire student body came outside to watch the game,” Miller said. “Many made signs and posters to cheer on the fifth-graders."

Ninety fifth graders participated in the Super Duper Bowl. Each fifth-grade class played practice games against one another in the weeks leading up to the big games. During the Super Duper Bowl championship, all classes played against one another to see who could score the most touchdowns.

It was definitely a day to remember for the soon-to-be middle schoolers, Miller said.

“This event is something that adds some fantastic memories to the fifth graders' final year at Eleanor Roosevelt,” Miller said. “As a teacher, seeing the students root for one another, show good sportsmanship and having a great time makes it a wonderful event."

Being gracious in victory and defeat was indeed part of the proceedings, Miller said. The teachers made sure of that.

"While fun was a huge benefit for all involved, the students also learned about sportsmanship and teamwork,” Miller said.

Miller said the event also gives the teachers a chance to work on character education, which the school is focusing on this year. Super Duper Bowl provides the students an opportunity to apply those lessons in a real-life setting.

Acting Principal Gail Campbell said that lessons learned during Super Duper Bowl were not limited to character education. The event provided ties to the math and writing curriculum, according to Campbell.

Each year the Super Duper Bowl raises money for a specific charity through the generosity of the students and community. This year, students raised $360 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

As for the tournament itself, according to Miller, there were three teams, each named after a teacher. The Raging Radical Raybucks (Sandy Raybuck’s class), the Kean Kongs (Roger Kean) and the Melnick Mashers (Joe Melnick) played a round-robin format so each team would have a chance to compete individually against the other two. Most total touchdowns won. The Kean Kongs and Melnick Mashers each scored twice, while the Raging Radical Raybucks scored once.

“We tried not to focus on winners in the game as it was played to promote sportsmanship, school unity and teamwork,” Miller said.

Lexi Ryan’s two touchdown performance earned her the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.

"It felt very exciting,” said Ryan, who received a pretzel trophy for her superior effort. ““It was also really cool being a girl winning a football game MVP award. It was a good experience for me because it allowed me to do something I normally wouldn't get to do.”

 

Philadelphia Sports By Bleacher Report


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