Watch Now: Roosevelt Elementary Goes To The Movies | Characteristics

KINGSPORT – Tuesday’s lesson for an entire local elementary school was Moviegoing 101.

Nearly 300 people from Roosevelt Elementary School, including more than 240 students, converged on the Fort Henry Mall on school buses Tuesday morning to see “Clifford the Big Red Dog” at the NGC cinema.

It may not sound surprising, except Principal Phillip Wright said that for some K-5 students Tuesday marks their first time in a movie theater.

“We have kids in Roosevelt who have never been to the movies before,” he said.

The Roosevelt BTA (Business Teacher Association) made the trip possible through fundraising. The fundraiser brought in enough money to pay for the admissions; gasoline for five school buses used for transportation; and a popcorn, fruit snack and drink for the 242 students and 39 adults on the trip.

Bennett said a few students were absent, although one showed up at the theater with the help of a parent.

“We expect from your very, very, very, very good behavior,” Deputy Principal Misty Keller told a group of students outside the theater, rehearsing a speech she gave to each group.

Keller and family bond Marty Meade handed over the concession sets to the students when they entered the theater. Interventionist Tonya Warner said the students loved the film and the trip.

NGC held special screenings of the film only for Roosevelt students, faculty, and staff, although two walkers from the Elderly People’s Mall jokingly tried to appear shorter to pass for elementary school students.


Vanessa Bennett is Executive Director of Operations and Talent Development for the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce.

But Tuesday morning at the theater, she was helping hand out straws to the students, one of whom ran and gave her a hug when the teacher said Bennett helped with efforts to get the students there.

The theatrical trip, which Bennett called a “Christmas experience” for the group, marked the first anniversary of BTA, which was born out of Project Hope, hosted by the chamber. The school does not have a PTA or parent-teacher association, so Bennett said the BTA has been formed.

The program helps Roosevelt’s economically disadvantaged student body through the efforts of local businesses, other groups, and the chamber.

Project Hope’s first event was a trip to Knoxville to see the Lady Vols play in December 2018. Last year, the BTA through Project Hope provided a scooter to every student in Roosevelt and asked the Niswonger Children’s Hospital of Johnson City to donate helmets.

Because the fundraiser had extra money after the trip to the theater was covered, Bennett said the surplus would go early next year to make racks for the scooters that many students drive there. ‘school.

All five buses started arriving shortly before 9:00 a.m. for the 9:45 a.m. movie.

The group was split into four screening rooms, including one for special needs students with sensory issues that left the lights on and the volume low.

The school also had at least one film critic who endorsed the series before the film began. He had seen it before.

“This is the second time I’m watching it,” he offered to Bennett, who replied, “Is it good?”

He said yes. “

Wright also reported on Tuesday afternoon that some third-graders approved of the film.

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