Students At Green Bay Schools To Be Let Out Early For Packers’ Season Opener
In an astute move with an eye on ensuring the safety of youngsters throughout the greater Green Bay area as well as providing a chance for families to celebrate their beloved local football club and its Super Bowl championship, Ashwaubenon public school district officials have decided to end classes early on Thursday, September 8th for the Packers’ season-opening prime time game against the New Orleans Saints.
Via Sporting News:
ABC affiliate WBAY-TV in Green Bay reports Wisconsin’s Ashwaubenon school district is scheduling a half-day session for the Packers’ prime-time opener. According to the report, the intention is “to help get the students to their homes safely” before the crowds and media pile up on the town of 104,057 for all the Packers-Saints festivities.
Kindergarteners and elementary schoolers will have a little extra time to prepare for their pregame tailgate, getting out at 11 a.m. CT. Middle and high schoolers will need to wait a whole half-hour later, 11:30 a.m. That’s still a good eight hours before the 7:30 p.m. CT start.
Fair enough. But eight hours prior to kickoff? It’s not like the kids in Green Bay have to get fall-down drunk before game time. At least not yet. And before any nattering nabobs of negativity begin with the “Won’t somebody please think of the children???” diatribes, the school district has made the necessary adjustments to make up for the lost time by changing a scheduled half-day on September 23rd into a full day of school.
Further, this is a perfect example of a moment where a community can rally around the shared experience of expressing civic pride. And even if those few hours had been missed this school year, I’m pretty sure the students would adjust and be just fine. After all, we are talking about Green Bay Packers fans here. They are a hearty, salt-of-the-earth bunch and I am confident even with missing a half-day of school, they would have had no trouble in the future with the tasks of affixing a block of foam cheese to their heads and singing along to “Go Pack Go”.
Heck, if these youngster Packers fans are any indication, what with their Lady Gaga-styled “Go Pack Go,” I’m pretty sure in Green Bay, the kids are alright:
Excellent. And when you think about it, isn’t stuff like this all that really matters in Titletown, U.S.A.?
School kids get half day for Packers’ opener [Sporting News]