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June 30, 2014

'The fun stuff': Elementary, middle-schoolers study baseball, pirates

High-ability students wrap up summer classes

Dozens of fourth and fifth grade students around Logansport are building paper baseball stadiums, collecting treasure and making a mystery play at Columbia Elementary School during four weeks of their summer fun.

Those kids are high-ability students at each Logansport elementary and middle school. Patti Wolf serves as the elementary summer school administrator this year and said the program lets kids do something they’re not used to at school.

“A lot of it we can’t do it during the regular school year because we’re so structured,” Wolf said. “This allows us to do the fun stuff.”

One of the classes is called “B is for Baseball” and taught by Landis’s Greg Dominick. He’s been teaching summer classes for fifteen years, and last taught a baseball class in 2009.

The students are put into groups and have to develop the idea for a baseball team name and city at first. They then create a stadium, uniforms and even advertisements.

“They’re all in here because they love baseball,” Dominick said. “It’s been a passion of mine my whole life and it’s an opportunity to teach my passion to people who share my passion.”

Some of the team names include the Dayton Destroyers, the Salt Lake City Pretzels and the town’s very own Logansport Spikes.

Averi Parker created this team because of Logansport’s number of railroads, and thus, railroad spikes.

Dominick said each student came up with the creative names and ideas on their own.

“We supply the materials, but they have to supply the thought process,” Dominick said. “They have to come up with everything.”

Dominick asked the kids in the class what they’ve learned about through building the stadiums.

“You said that the ballparks had to be quirky and that each one has to be unique, just as unique as we are,” Diana Pearson said in response to Dominick’s question.

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