Eagles and Patriots Face Off at Long Beach Island Grade School Super Bowl Pep Rally

Students Also Collect Spirit Week Donations for Food Bank, Animal Shelter
Feb 07, 2018
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

It was the Philadelphia Eagles versus the New England Patriots – but two days prior to Super Bowl LII, in the gym of the Long Beach Island Grade School, where the third- through sixth-graders sported jerseys and shirts of green and silver, or red and blue, to represent the opposing teams for the district’s fourth annual Super Bowl Pep Rally. The event showcases both team spirit and school spirit, and, most importantly, concludes with a presentation of items raised for a local food bank and animal shelter.

Gym teacher Sal Colino and sixth-grade English and language arts teacher Janelle Gosline – in red, as most teachers were, for Heart Association Awareness Day – organized the afternoon’s events, with help from student Colin Olcott, who served as announcer. At the rally’s start, Olcott called in the teams, and the students sprinted into the gym and filled the bleachers, then filled the room with “Eagles” and “Patriots” chants.

Following the National Anthem, and before the day’s games and trivia contests, Olcott stated, “Keep in mind that the competition is not the point. The point is to show school spirit and to give back to our wonderful community.”

Student Dylan Phillips added, “Today is all about playing fair. It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose. Just have some fun!”

And the students clearly did. The excitement level was high as the students participated in games such as castle football, and took turns kicking field goals, joined by two “celebrity kickers”: Superintendent and LBI School Principal Peter Kopack, in Patriots red and blue, and Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School Principal Frank Birney, decked out in Eagles gear.

The youngsters also answered trivia questions such as: Which team went to the Super Bowl four times, but never led in a game? Was it the Eagles, the Vikings, the Dolphins or the Chargers? (Answer: the Vikings.)

As the end of the rally approached, a few students pushed shopping carts into the gym, loaded high with items collected for the St. Francis Food Bank in Brant Beach and the Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter in Manahawkin. In total, the students collected 484 items.

“Today is about contributing to our amazing community … and what you see here is the culmination of your generosity,” Gosline pointed out. “You showed such spirit this week,” and made the district’s teachers and administrators proud.

“We had a fantastic week and pep rally today,” Kopack said Friday. “We appreciate all of the hard work and support of our students and their families. Special thanks to Mrs. Gosline and Mr. Colino, and all of our staff members for their time and efforts in arranging so many exciting events and activities.”

In the end, the Patriots scored the most points – tallied from the games, trivia and donations – and won the Super Bowl rally. (Two days later, though, it was the Eagles who came out on top.) —J.K.-H.

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