Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday's Memories: Radio Disney

In my former life I was a first grade teacher for 7 years in the Birmingham, AL area.  I spent 3 years (1996-1999) at Pinson Elementary and 4 years (1999-2003) at Vestavia Hills Elementary, Liberty Park.  While I was in my second year at Pinson, some of the older grade teachers applied for and won an award or grant of some sort from Radio Disney. The project was a "Homework House" where lower income kids could go to this "house" and have access to computers, internet, tutors, books and resources to help with homework.  The contest was called "My School Rules."

Pinson won in 1998.  I have no idea how many other applicants there were or if there were other winners that year or not.  I never actually saw the "Homework House" or knew of any kid who used it.  What I do know is that when our teachers were awarded the prize, money or whatever it was all the kids in grades K-5 went to the gym for a pep rally type celebration.  At the celebration, DJs from Radio Disney were on hand playing music and giving away prizes to the kids and we had a visit from Mickey Mouse himself!  It was the REAL Mickey, straight from the Magic Kingdom too.  Not one of those jankey, creepy, 'I want to kidnap your kid' Mickeys you rent from party centers either!


The kids were all brought into the gym for the celebration.  The sign in the first picture (Welcome Radio Disney) was signed by each kid in the school.  The PTA parents had games and contests for the kids to participate in while Radio Disney blasted music from the stage.


Being the Disney nut that I am, I think I was the only teacher to wear Mickey attire.  I had my t-shirt that said MICKEY on it, a Mickey pin, and I wore my ears to the celebration.  I encouraged all the kids in my class to wear a Disney tshirt as well!

It was a great day to get out of class and "party" with Mickey Mouse and the Radio Disney DJs in the school gym!

8 comments:

  1. I had no idea you taught at Pinson Elementary - that is where I and my sisters all went! That is so cool. Actually my yougest sister would have been in first grade in either 1998 or 1999! I don't remember who she had though, but I do remember my first grade teacher - Mrs. Jefcoat!

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  2. I love that story, it's great how Disney reaches out to so many in need. I had no idea you were a teacher. We keep learning so many things about each other.. LOL

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  3. Now, what could be the most wonderful reason to get out of class for a kid, other than partying with Mickey Mouse straight from Magic Kingdom=) The kids must be bedazzled by this, and it's really nice how Disney reach out to the people in need. This is a lovely story.

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  4. Holy cow Amanda!!! I can't believe that! I loved Sylvia Jeffcoat! She was there when I was. What was your sisters name? I was Miss Carboni my first year, then Mrs. Eason my second/ third years. (That was a former life and a former marriage! ha!) small, small world!!! :)

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  5. LOL - that is so funny! My sister's name was Abbey Mark. I will have to ask her who she had that year!

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  6. Wow! What a wonderful grant idea and wonderful way to spend a day at school. I have taught school for 19 years - second grade, and the children I teach are low income children. Most of them will never get to Disney World. I would love to find a way to bring some Disney magic like that to our school! How fun!!

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  7. Wow! I love the flashback! I laughed out loud at the "creepy, 'I want to kidnap your kid' Mickeys"!! You're a riot!

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