Hockey returned to the upstate Thursday as the Greenville Swamp Rabbits held their first home game of the season. It was also the team’s first-ever “Education Day”.
Students from across the Upstate gathered at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena for some skating to go with science and math.
Dan LaLonde, account executive with the Swamp Rabbits, says that “the response was overwhelmingly positive…we’re just glad we were able to accommodate everybody. We have over thirty schools here and about four thousand students. We’re very happy with the turnout.”
The arena was filled with demonstrations and “hands-on” activities, courtesy of several local educational outreach programs…including the Greenville Zoo, the Greenville Water System, the Roper Mountain Science Center, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, and Bricks 4 Kidz. The emphasis was on science and creativity.
But why do all of this for students…at a hockey game?
Jennifer Romatelli, Outreach Specialist for the Roper Mountain Science Center, says that “anything that creates a fun experience for them is going to kind of stick in their heads a little bit more than the normal day-to-day things they experience in their classroom. I’m someone different and i have some interesting things that the regular teacher doesn’t have, it makes a bigger impact and a more lasting impression in the kids’ mind.”
Getting and keeping students interested is the…goal…for everyone.
Based on the response to Thursday’s event, the Swamp Rabbits are looking forward to having another Education Day next season.
By the way, Greenville sent everyone home…or at least back to school… happy. They beat the Orlando Solar Bears, 2-1 in overtime.