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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Fun in (and around) the sun

  • Summer school is in its last week at Newburg Elementary and the kids in Dianne Martin's fourth grade class know what's coming.
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  • Summer school is in its last week at Newburg Elementary and the kids in Dianne Martin's fourth grade class know what's coming.
    Its her annual solar system celebration complete with a sun piñata. It all took place Wednesday on the school's playground.
    "I don't tell them that we are going to do this actually until the third week of school, and they cannot wait. It's the highlight of the whole month for them," explained Martin who is in her fifth year of teaching.
    She said that the solar system is always a hit with the kids.
    "I do the solar system every year. I have found that this age group just loves it."
    In her four-week session, Martin has the 8- and 9-year-olds research a particular planet and put together a presentation. The students make a paper mâché model of their planet as well.
    She and her husband have a great time each year putting the big sun piñata together. The two are very grateful as well to all the vendors in the Rolla area who help annually to make sure the sun piñata is full of candy, treats and other goodies.
    However, something went awry Wednesday when the round yellow globe fell to an early death before all of the kids could get a whack at it.
    Blame it on a technical malfunction?
    "I don't know what happened," Martin said with a chuckle. "It could have been a meteorite."

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