2013-03-22 / Columnists

IDEAS WANTED

Rockaway
By Rick Horan

You never know what’ll come in through email.

How about a “Rockaway Beach” Hot Dog eating contest? Or maybe a Knish Eating contest (we lead, we don’t follow, and we’re Irish, so the “potato eating connection” with the Jewish people will work). Rival Nathan’s! Get Sabrett, Boars Head, or Papaya King (which has the best hot dog in New York as of now) to sponsor it. Media coverage and a “WAVE” exclusive story! On Memorial Day weekend maybe? With the Blue Angels flying over... Evening Fireworks....A GREAT Kick Off to SUMMER!

Matt Whalen

RH: Thanks Matt! Great idea! Not only will these be fun events; they will generate publicity which can only help in our rebuilding efforts.

Keep the ideas coming !

**The following is the second in a three-part series of ideas generated on Idea Day in P.S. 207 in Howard Beach….

5. “Fun Activities” Category

Birthday Announcements in the morning; Have a school color – I suggest purple; Show-n-Tell Day; Bring a toy to school on Friday; Bring your brother to school day; Bring Mommy/Parent to school day; “High- Five” Fridays; Compliment Day; Safety Awareness Day at P.S. 207 where we practice our drills; Every Monday have a scavenger hunt; Wacky Tacky Day; Spirit Week; Dress like 1960’s Day: Spirit Day; Talent Show; Animal Appreciation Day; Building Day (where you build things); Class Pets and “Bring your pet to school” Day; Stuffed Animal Day; Career Day where the guest speakers are former students; Outdoor Picnic Day; Hospital Day; More School Dances/ Dance Parties/Dance Festivals; Pajama Day; “Guess the Movie” Day; Perform a school play about a hurricane with a happy ending; Game Day/Game Day Friday; Gardening Day; “Go Green” Day; Ice Skating trip to Aviator; Toy Day at P.S. 207 –school gives away popcorn and sells toys – all money to cancer; Gift exchange for the holidays; Buddy Day; Drawing Day; Puppy Day; Pirate Day; Island Day; Video Game Day; A theatre group comes to our school to do a show for our school; A Pool Party; “Dress like your favorite character” Day; Travelling Farm Day – bring the farm to the school.

Crazy shirt day; Crazy hat day; Ugly Hat Day for April Fool’s Day; Twin/Triplet day; Mario Brothers Day; Dress like a Nerd Day; Best Friend Day/Friend Day; Movie Day; Recycle Day/Go Green Day; Jeopardy Quizshow game Day; Fashion show; Comedy Day; Justin Bieber Day; Crazy Hair Day; Wear your teachers favorite color day; “Thinking Cap Day.”

School “Block Party”; School could sell rubber bracelets with the school motto; - “there’s no place like home”; School should celebrate Idea Day; “Minute to Win It” Game for P S. 207; Picture with a teacher Day; More time in school to paint rainbows; More fundraisers for music and art supplies; “Book Reading” contest in each class; More trips; Game shows in school; More School Carnivals; “Crazy Glasses” day on Friday; “Crazy Sock” Day; Peace sign day; Valentine’s Day Dance; Better 8th grade trip (maybe 6 Flags?); Stop bullying in our school; Students should be allowed to play in the playground during recess; “Walk around the block” for Hurricane Sandy; Fundraiser for Newton elementary School; Middle School Ice Skating Trip; Have Art Shows to showcase student work; Bring back Halloween Parade; Ride a crazy skateboard to school.

6. Maintenance Category

Paint rainbows in the school to cheer everyone up; Projection/sound system for auditorium; Heat the school with solar panels; More Nurse rooms; Make the school a “green school”; Allow students to chew gum; Clean the school yard; Make the library bigger; Comfier classroom chairs; Faucets in bathrooms that run; Re-do the bathrooms; Re-do the outside basketball courts/hoops; Plant a School Flower/Vegetable Garden; Plant more trees around the school; Have a composting/recycling area; Lockers for upper grade students; Help the janitors; Enter the building with a card like they use in a bank for security; All outside doors locked and video camera to buzz someone in; Elevators for the school for disabled students; Sandbags for P.S. 207 to be ready for next hurricane.

7. Gym Category

More/better gymnastics equipment; Basketball nets for the gym; More dance; Change the gym floor to wood; Longer Gym Time; Self-defense classes; Yoga; “Wiffle Ball; Dodge Ball.

Hey Rockaway people, we know, you’ve got some great ideas, don’t keep them to yourselves, share them here! RickHoran@ IdeasImprov.com

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