Breaking News in the 3rd Grade - 03/14/14

  I recently had the privilege of reading to a group of 3rd graders in Antioch at Mt. View Elementary.

  One of the things I do when I read stories or short books to students is to bring along scripts from our morning show so that they can have the chance to read them -- as if they're actually doing the news themselves.  This is always greeted with excitement and everybody gets into the spirit of the moment and roots for the first-ever news reader.

  In Mrs. Eady's class, I brought along a story that we had done that morning about how Metro schools were going to make up a snow day  by going to school on Monday, March 17th. I didn't think about the topic until I heard the response.

  As soon as the student read the story, I heard gasps of  "Oh, no!" and "What?"

  It was the first time they were finding out that they would be going to school on that day -- instead of having the day off. I felt bad for a moment, but it was also kind of funny. It was truly like breaking news in a third grade class with a news program.

  It may have been the first time they ever realize that what's we talk about in the news can actually affect them.

  I hope they have a very fast day on Monday when they're in class and not on a vacation day.

 

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HONG KONG-ROLLS ROYCE

HONG KONG (AP) -- A Hong Kong tycoon is on a roll -- or make that a Rolls. Stephen Hung is placing the biggest order ever for Rolls-Royce cars. He's dropping 20 mil to buy 30 Phantoms. The luxury rides will be used to chauffeur high-rollers at a resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau. Rolls-Royce says two of the cars will be the most expensive Phantoms ever commissioned, complete with "gold-plated accents" inside and out.

DISNEY-FROZEN

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Walt Disney World is planning to get "Frozen." The Florida theme park is adding a new attraction inspired by the ever-popular "Frozen" movie. Guests will go to the fictional land of Arendelle and experience recreated moments and music from the film. The pavilion will include an area where guests can meet the movie's sister characters Anna and Elsa.

HARPER-FAN EJECTED

ATLANTA (AP) -- You're outta here! But the ejection at the Braves-Nationals game wasn't a player. The ump booted a fan Tuesday night. Umpire Tim Welke tells the AP a foul-mouthed fan was heckling Washington outfielder Bryce Harper. Welke says he saw the fan come down to the backstop and start shouting profanity in the sixth inning. Welke had him removed from Turner Field in Atlanta. The longtime crew chief says Harper thanked him the next time he came up. Welke adds, "enough is enough."

 
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