Circus Tricks Enhance Students’ Confidence

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Fourth grade students have been mastering their circus skills in collaboration with their physical education teachers and performers from the O-Town Circus Academy during the week of Nov. 18-22. 

Throughout the week, performers provided the students with engaging activities that included juggling, plate spinning, diabolo manipulation, devil sticks, Chinese yo-yo, clowning and stilt walking. The activities were designed to build the students’ self-esteem and confidence while strengthening their eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. In addition, the learning experience helped enhance their ability to collaborate with peers. 

“The circus program is a great addition to the physical education program,” said physical education teacher Bryan Iacovelli, who oversaw the program along with fellow teacher Kristin Desio. “It takes the students out of their comfort zones as many of the activities start off difficult, but at the same time they are a fun challenge that the students get excited about and try to conquer. It’s a lot of fun to see a student, who may initially struggle with any activity, show tons of excitement when they finally get it right and master the skill.” 

While all students in third through fifth grade had the opportunity to participate in the interactive workshops, the fourth graders demonstrated their newly acquired skills during a culminating performance at the end of the week. All parents, teachers and peers were invited to the special circus performance on Nov. 22 at the middle and high school gymnasium.  

“The fourth-grade performance is something the students look forward to and get excited about,” Iacovelli said. “We hope it will be a fun memory of their time at Bellows and their entire experience at Rye Neck.” 

The learning experience with the O-Town Circus Academy was made possible thanks to the generous support of the PTSA.