Bayville Intermediate School’s fifth graders may have been acting like clowns, but who says you can’t have fun while learning some new skills? Thanks to the Bayville PTA, the National Circus Project visited the school for one week, teaching students circus skills that utilized other skills they had learned in physical education classes. From balancing and tumbling to synchronizing with the group, the fifth graders created an entertaining circus act which was enjoyed by the performers and audience alike.

“While they utilized the skills learned in physical education classes, performing in the circus also increased self-esteem and provided some comic relief to the school day,” said Bayville Elementary Principal Scott McElhiney.

The National Circus Project is an innovative cultural arts organization that promotes student participation in school arts and physical education activities, using "circus" as its theme. Circus performers/instructors taught the performers circus skills including juggling, plate-spinning, "devil stick" manipulation and balancing.