Ahoy matey! Be ye waiting for a tale of treasure and treason, pillaging and plunder? Well ye’ve come to the right place!
Tales of Jeremy Jacobs, Captain Jack Sparrow and Patchy the Pirate have nothing on thee lass and lassies of Neuse Charter School second grade.
On Sept. 18, 2015, nearly 100 swashbuckling NCS Cougars changed their allegiance for a day to celebrate pirates…or more like celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
While ITLAPD is officially held on Sept. 19 each year, the second grade teachers (some with official East Carolina Pirate ties) decided it would be the perfect chance to incorporate pirate-themes into classroom activities.
“I dressed up last year as a surprise for the kids,” said Ms. Katherine Knapp, 2nd grade teacher. At the beginning of the school year Knapp talked the idea over with Ms. Karen Hanafin and they quickly brought the other seadogs, err teachers, into the loop.
The day is meant to bring out the silly in everybody and has grown into an international event since it started nearly 20 years ago. In fact, major businesses like Krispy Kreme and Long John Silvers have even gotten in on the action offering free food items to patrons that ‘talk like a pirate.’
Second graders celebrated the day by dressing like pirates and doing pirate-themed crafts and activities...walking the plank was not included.
Students made hats and treasure maps. Language Arts included the story How I Became a Pirate along with a lesson on making inferences based on the title. Math excited young buccaneers as they played an addition board game that had the winner reaching a pirate perched in the middle of the board.
Unlike real pirates, there were lots of smiles and no green teeth as the day ended, but don’t be surprised if you ask your little bucko about their day and they respond with ‘Dead men tale no tales!”