It may seem like they were just clowning around, but students at Bayville Intermediate School were serious when they decided to join the circus. Although it was only for one week, the experience will last a lifetime.   

Thanks to the Bayville PTA, the National Circus Project visited the school for a week, teaching circus skills to fifth-graders and helping them prepare to present their very own circus. Using physical and mental skills, such as balance, coordination, concentration and cooperation, typical circus acts were included in the show.  

The National Circus Project is an arts-in-education program, physical education program and cultural program all rolled into one. Bayville Elementary Principal Scott McElhiney said the program offers students an extraordinary opportunity to experience an enriching activity outside of their normal curriculum.

“Thanks to the generosity of the PTA, Bayville students had fun with the National Circus Project all week long and didn’t even realize all of the educational benefits,” he explained. “They learned how important it is to work together to make their tricks work and equally as important, they learned that hard work pays off.”  

The Bayville clowns and acrobats worked extra hard and pulled off a crowd-pleasing circus – one show for students and a second performance in the evening for their parents.