Lions, and Tigers, and Dragons! Oh My! What ever happened to the Bears? Well at the recent show of the Ringling Brothers Circus instead of Bears we had Dragons greet our students of Greer Middle. Our Communities In Schools students that earned the opportunity to go to the circus through their grades and behavior enjoyed a wonderful night full of lions, tigers, acrobats, gymnasts, lion tamers, kung fu warriors, and much more. Thanks to great discounted tickets some of our students that would have missed this opportunity got to see the Greatest Show on Earth!
Our students before this event participated in lessons that talked about some of the many words and circus occupation terms that many people are unfamiliar with. Circus terms like Butchers, Razorbacks, Roustabouts, Zany, Chinese, Bally Broads, Spec Girls, Kinkers, Troupers, Windjammers, Rubbermen, Ponger, the Boiler Room, Riggers, Funambulist, or a Carpet Clown. Here are a few of the definitions:
Butchers = people who sell refreshments at the circus
Zany = a circus clown
Kinkers and Troupers = terms for circus performers
Windjammers = musicians in the circus band
Rubbermen = people who sell balloons at the circus
Ponger = no longer common used term for an acrobat
Funambulist = any type of rope walker (tightrope, slack rope, etc.)
the Boiler Room = crew of telephone solicitors who sell tickets to the circus
How many of those words have you already heard of before? Could you define any of them without going to dictionary.com???
Well our students learned these words as well as read an article about what it’s like to be a child living in the circus. Have you ever heard “I wish I could just run away from home and live in the circus”? Well for the children of the Ringmaster and other circus members, that’s not an option. We read the article by the Greenville News on the circus called “For a ringmaster’s family, every day is a real circus.” In this article it talks about the life of a child in the circus and some of the many aspects of it many people have never realized. Our students got a different perspective of what it means to work in the circus for children their age.
Here are some pictures of the wonderful time our students had at the circus.
What about you? Did you get to go to the circus? How did you enjoy it? Share with us below about some of your experiences.