The Bengals have students, school calendars in turmoil

Fairfield West Elementary first-grade teacher Jennifer Moore carried the day’s special theme through the uprights and proudly displayed her colorful socks.

“It means a lot to the kids,” said Moore, who was the district’s 2020-21 teacher of the year.

“I’ll be honest with you, my students are 1st graders and they don’t really understand everything that’s going on but they feel the excitement” of Bengal’s success.

“They love it and more than anything, seeing excited teachers and seeing excited people… with their parents,” she said, adding that such fun is even more important during all the challenges of the COVID pandemic. -19 who are now approaching his two-year anniversary.

“When you see joy, it’s very contagious. I know we’re dealing with contagious people on the negative side, but happiness is just as contagious,” Moore said.

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And Fairfield has a direct connection to the AFC champion Bengals, who will face the NFC champion Los Angeles Rams for the world title in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Bengal offensive lineman Jackson Carman — number 79 — is a 2018 Fairfield High School graduate who regularly returns to his Butler County school district to interact with students and the community.

Gina Gentry-Fletcher, a spokeswoman for Fairfield Schools, said Carman’s local ties only further bind the team to the school community.

“Jackson made a name for himself playing on the Fairfield High School team, as well as in the classroom. He continues to do so with his Bengals teammates and in the community. Every Friday night, Jackson would show up to support his former high school team; even signing autographs and chatting with fans young and old,” Gentry-Fletcher said.

“There’s a lot of pride about this Super Bowl, not just because our home team is in it, but because one of the members of Fairfield is a Bengals rookie.”

Pride is in schools everywhere locally.

Across the region, thousands of students are wearing team clothes or sunglasses and a necklace inspired by Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, inspired by some of his recent outfits during media interviews. after the victory.

At Kings Schools in southern Warren County, students and staff are also emulating Burrow’s many charitable efforts.

“In the spirit of Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, all of our schools will be participating in giving back to our community this week,” said Dawn Gould, spokesperson for Kings, District Seven School Campaigns for Kings Local. Food Pantry and Matthew 25 Ministries.

At the Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners in Middletown, art teacher Emily Vriesman asked students from kindergarten to grade 6 to draw Bengal tigers and words of encouragement for the team to display in the classroom. ‘school.

“The playoff race has been so much fun for our kids. I knew I had to put all of our other art projects on hold so we could do something to celebrate this amazing Bengals run,” Vriesman said.

“Students love to create their Bengal Tigers and write words of encouragement for them and we’ve been wearing Bengals clothes for the past couple of Fridays and we’re all convinced we’re their lucky charms.”

“I hope they will always remember this special moment in Cincinnati history,” she said.

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