Macy Van Tiem, in pink, and her friends from Costello Elementary wait, watch, then celebrate as a classmate bowls at Troy Lanes.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
A Monday morning in May, a bunch of fifth-graders not in school, pizza, bowling …
How can you make things any better?
Why, by turning off the lights of course!
“Bowling in the dark isn’t crazy, it’s just fun. We’re out of school, no math, no homework,” said Schroeder 5th-grader Danny Plancon.
As a thank you to Troy Elementary Safety and Service Squad members, the Troy Police Department is throwing a party — dubbed the Safety Orange Bowl — for 950 fifth-graders all week long at Troy Lanes.
“This is a fun event for the kids,” said Troy Lanes owner Carol Forman. “We’re doing this every morning this week. My children were Safety Patrol and Service Squad members back in the day and they really enjoyed the experience. The Troy police are sponsoring this and we’re hosting it.”
“Every year at the end of the season, the Troy Police throw them this party,” explained Costello fifth-grade teacher Julie Eldridge. “It’s not about the scores; it’s not a competition. They’re here to have fun and celebrate all the hard work they do for the school.”
“We appreciate all their effort. We’re looking to have some fun and extend some gratitude for their commitment to the community,” added officer Lisa Rockafellow.
“It’s a celebration for what we do,” said Costello 5th-grader Macy Van Tiem.
“It’s a really fun thing to do, to kind of say goodbye to Schroeder. It’s fun to do this with my friends,” said Grace Cueny.
Initially, the bowling was done normally, under typical indoor lighting. But partway through, lane by lane darkened and “cosmic bowling” ensued under black light amidst cheering students.
“It’s really cool bowling in the dark; everything’s glowing,” said Julia Saad, a Schroeder 5th-grader.
“I’m enjoying this. We’ve been doing a lot of work; we just finished M-STEP testing at Schroeder,” said Cate Sivier.
“It’s really nice; not a lot of people get to do this for field trips,” said Schroeder 5th-grader Lauren Bestul.
“I think it’s a great reward for the people who worked with Service Squad and Safety.” said Schroeder’s Rodrigo Flores.
But where did the name come from?
“It’s been named the Safety Orange Bowl since I’ve been in Troy for 18 years. I don’t know who invented the name, but we’re rollin’ with it,” concluded officer Rockafellow.