Connecticut, United States: Students in Dr. Susan Shaw’s fifth grade at Long Meadow Elementary School in Middlebury, Conn., had an opportunity this week to interview Quassy Amusement & Waterpark’s George Frantzis II, asking a variety of questions about the lakeside facility his grandfather purchased in 1937. More than a dozen students were on hand as News Team Quassy reporters Julia Pellegrini and Dana Hawn quizzed Mr. Frantzis about the history and recent updates at the business he co-owns and operates with other family members.
The two reporters then asked additional questions about the late George Frantzis I and his role as an advocate of education and the shaping of the Region 15 School District, which includes Long Meadow Elementary and six other schools. The interviews took place in Long Meadow’s George Frantzis Library/Media Center, which is dedicated to the late Mr. Frantzis.Following the interviews, other students presented video segments they produced on the history of Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, one of only a handful of “trolley parks” remaining in the United States.
Each year the park sponsors a variety of educational programs for local and area schools, including News Team Quassy. Schools participating in the news endeavor are assigned research projects about the park which can be shared online as an educational tool for other students. Past News Team Quassy projects have included videos on roller coaster physics and the use of laser technology in our daily lives. Dr. Shaw’s class has been part of the News Team Quassy project since it was introduced three years ago.
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