Al and Cal Homes and Community: Cool Kids in a Hot Air Balloon! Annie Sullivan Middle School Franklin MA

Cool Kids in a Hot Air Balloon! Annie Sullivan Middle School Franklin MA

Cool Kids in a Hot Air Balloon!  Annie Sullivan Middle School   Franklin MA

It happened yesterday morning around 8 am.   

After much anticipation and a few delays due to weather, the 7 th grade classes of the Annie Sullivan Middle School Franklin MA were about to watch what they had been studying this year come to life right there in their school yard!

All part of the "Challenge the Wind" program here for the 7th graders.  The curriculum couples studying physics with hot air ballooning and what better way to learn science in real time than to have "Big Max" right there in the school yard!

Students wrote essays in the hopes of earning the opportunity to ride in the hot air balloon or help balloon pilot Chris Mooney set it up.    I'm sure it was a very difficult task as all the essays were excellent, but

16 of the students had their essays chosen by the pilot and took a teathered ride into the beautiful morning sky in Franklin MA.

The entire 7 grade filed out to watch.   Outside, they came equipped with thermometers, tape measures, notebooks, pens and a lot of energy and enthusiasm! 

The test balloon went up to check the wind direction and the real time lesson began.   Watching a hot air balloon being set up is something to see and the Cool Kids of the 7th grade of the Annie Sullivan Middle School in Franklin MA had their eyes full.  7th grade Annie Sullivan Middle School Franklin MA

 "Big Max" was taken out of his tiny bag and stretched out on the field.   Kids and parents were helping by moving the ropes and getting them in the correct position and attaching the basket to the balloon.     A fascinating site made even more so by the size of the balloon when you are up close and personal. 

The balloon is inflated with a fan.    As it filled the pilot began heating the air until it rose majestically and cast a shadow over us all!

The cheers came up from the kids and then the fun began.     One by one they got into the basket and pilot Chris Mooney took it up!   What a sight!

Remax Balloon at Franklin MA School

 

 

 

 

         Pilot Chris Mooney was excellent giving all a job including "daisy chaining" the ropes to pack it away!    We all learned something new and had fun while doing it!   What's better than that?

Just a couple of excerpts from the winning essays:

"Even if I don't get to fly in it, I would enjoy seeing the burners going, and observe how the balloon itself changes when the burners are off or on.   I like seeing how parts work together, and that is one reason I would be thrilled to ride in the balloon."   EM

 "One reason is because it would be a very cool experience.   I have never been in a plane so it would be my first time high in the air!"  SG

" I have always dreamed about drifting along the clouds under a huge balloon.  I think they're beautiful and I hear that it's like flying.    Additionally I'm good at taking directions.   I promise I will do whatever you tell me to."  CL

"I only know a couple things about hot air balloons. I know that the parachute valve controls which altitude you are at the given moment and that the burners mix propane gas with air to create flame to propel the hot air balloon."  GC


Wow!   So you can see these kids of the Annie Sullivan Middle School in Franklin MA are really Cool!

Many thanks to balloon pilot Chris Mooney for bringing this adventure to the Franklin MA schools,

and to all of us  who were there to watch and learn!Remax Balloon at Franklin MA Middle School

 

 

Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty

www.AlandCal.com

 

Cal@AlandCal.com

 

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Comment balloon 15 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • October 08 2011 11:00AM

Comments

Oh My Goodness!

You actually got photos of THE balloon!!! And I so enjoyed reading your post! The "Challenge the Wind" program for 12-13 year olds surely will be something they will remember and treasure in days to come...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 7 years ago

Hi janeAnn!     I know, right!   THE balloon was awesome and the pilot was so nice and helpful including all in the process.     Thank you!!   I think they all had a wonderful time and what a way to learn!  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Who knows what new heights being part of this will propel Franklin's future leaders into....the sky is the limit for these aspiring scientists.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 7 years ago

Wow.. That is one SUPER COOL adventure and experience for all involved. I have to stand in awe of the school for allowing the event to occur, the pilot for making it happen and all the kids who WROTE essays about maybe riding in the balloon. KUDO's all the way around. These days many of us adults worry that most kids in Junior High School and High School don't read and can only write in text message abbreviations. This is a great story and I have to click suggest.. Thanks for sharing what was a wonderful experience.

Thank you for dropping by my blog and commenting.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 7 years ago

Hi Carol Ann....don't you love to see that RE/MAX Balloon in the air....it's been in Medway many times......

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 7 years ago

Hi Anita!   Awesome kids learning fun stuff!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Hi Bob!   An awesome experience.     Giving kids a chance to see science etc in real time, fun attached can make a difference.     Kids are sponges.   The more positive we give them the better we all are.    Thank you for reading and the S.  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Hi Barbara!    I totally love to see that Remax Balloon in the air and can't wait to take another ride! 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Cal....now that would be a lot of fun! There was a Re/max one at our golf tournament last week....nice post!

Hope you have a great night!---Rob

Go Vols!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 7 years ago

Thanks Rob.    I guess they have quite a fleet!     A very cool thing to see. 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

I love it when teaching involves showing and doing - look at how memorable this experience was for these youngsters. Good job capturing the adventure and cool for the Pilot of Big Max.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 7 years ago

Hi Debb.   I totally agree.   Thanks.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Terrific post Cal, you documented an experience those kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales a (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) almost 7 years ago

Carol,

I can not believe your blog did not get featured. Well these is always next time. Keep up the excellent work and ahave a great day.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 7 years ago

That is a cool promotion for REMAX to do as well as the students to learn something about hot air ballooning...great promo

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

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