February 5, 2009 will be no ordinary day for students at Washington
School for Comprehensive Literacy. Instead of traditional classes,
students are taking part in workshops throughout Sheboygan and their
school as part of the 21st annual "Georgie's Great Day" celebration.
day is filled with a number of exciting educational opportunities for
students of each grade level ranging from bird house building and
introduction to athletic training to ice skating and candle making.
students at Washington look forward to Georgie's Great Day every year,"
said Karin Bulkow, Washington teacher. "Imagine a day that is totally
guided by student interest."
Georgie's Great Day
began as spin off of a reading incentive program entitled Georgie
Wormington, after a reading worm, which was developed by Sherry
Vandenberg in 1988, along with several other Washington staff members.
The program quickly evolved with the help of staff members to become a
day when children get to change classrooms and experiment with various
learning opportunities that they may not otherwise have the fortune of
Several presenters have been with the
program since it originated including Jean Johnson, the Balloon Lady of
Sheboygan, who works at Jefferson Elementary School.
year's big event is the Laser B.E.A.M. Light Show (Behavior and Ethical
Advancement through Music). Students will focus on teamwork through an
interactive presentation followed by a light show set to music. This is
the first time Laser B.E.A.M. will be at Washington.
order to participate in the programs, students had to work with their
parents to select the day's curriculum � kindergartners' programs were
pre-selected. Each student paid a $2 registration fee to help cover
A sampling of this year's classes
include swimming and gymnastics at the YMCA, Emergency Vehicle Squad
Tours, Cartoon World, Chocolate Making, Coin Collecting, Custard Shop
Tour, Dance, Doodle with a Poodle, Egg Roll Making, Frogs of Wisconsin,
Fun with Stamps, Funky Flowers, Fitness for Everyone, Hat & Scarf
Making, History of Sheboygan, Guitar for Beginners, Meet Monkeys &
a Skunk, Movie Theater Operation, Lumber Jacks of Wisconsin and many
The classes are coordinated by a team of parents and teachers looking to give opportunities to their students.
many months, our community and staff put together a day filled with fun
and exciting activities to choose from. You can make a candle, tour a
squad car, go ice skating, and even pet a monkey. All in all, there
were over 50 different activities to choose from this year," said
Bulkow. "The day is built around five different sessions that the
students have picked for themselves. The fact that they get to choose
what they experience and learn about that day, makes this day forever
etched in their memory. It is their faces when they walk down the
hallway with a cupcake they decorated or a story you overhear about
holding a snake for the first time that makes this day worth all of the
hard work we all put into it."
Over the years a
number of various programs have been offered. In 1997 classes included
Egg-Ceptional Science, Music with Spoons, Pottery, Tae Kwon Do,
Bow-n-Arrows, Vince Condella from Channel 4, Cheerleading, Barrette
Making, Cranberry Valentine, Ice Skating, Create a Tote bag, Origami,
'Toon World. In 1995 they offered Hand and Power Tools, Juggling,
Balloon Magic, P.J. Weber - a magician, Making Egg Rolls, Hands on
Science, Ear Care and Wear, Above & Beyond Hands-on Science Museum,
Design a T-shirt and Marbleizing Magic.