A baseball-crazed Florida elementary school has taken the concept of teamwork to the next level, and administrators there say the program is a hit.
Broward County's Palm Cove Elementary School has adopted a one-of-a-kind baseball theme in which students are players, classes are teams, teachers are coaches, and the principal is the general manager.
The 1,150-pupil school's curriculum also incorporates the national pastime. Math students study batting averages, and English classes put together a "sports page." Students are given scorecards instead of report cards, and top academic performers are MVPs--most valuable players.
Palm Cove educators decided on the baseball theme, called "Teaming for Tomorrow," when the school opened in 1992. That spring, the Florida Marlins major-league team began playing for the National League. The baseball theme, they say, emphasizes cooperation and helps pump enthusiasm for the school.
"Every student is part of a team," said Robert Schneider, the vice principal--or assistant general manager--of Palm Cove. "As in baseball, we come together for a single purpose: to succeed. And we work together to meet that goal."
The school's famous inspiration, the Marlins, won the World Series last season. The school each April holds an opening-day parade to celebrate the start of the team's season, and the school colors are the same as the Marlins': teal, gray, and white.
Team members and officials, whose names Mr. Schneider said most students can rattle off from memory, have been known to pop in on classes for a little inside baseball with students. Their pictures, along with other baseball memorabilia, line the school's halls.
The school song is even sung to the tune baseball made famous, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame":
"Hip, hooray for Palm Cove/Hip hooray for our team/This is a school where we all love to be/Parents, students, and staff all agree. ..."
--KERRY A. WHITE
Vol. 17, Issue 35, Page 3