Pioneer Middle School at DuPont hosted a different kind of BINGO game on Friday, March 27–“Bio-Bingo”.
If you took part in this twist on the popular game, you might have met actual “characters” portraying ancient Notables such as Pindar, Sophocles, Zenobia, Darius, Julius Caesar, Socrates, Alexander the Great, and Siddhartha. In all there were multiples of 25 different characters, including King David, Galen, Confucius and Plutarch.
No matter how many you could identify—the most interesting aspect of this BINGO “Twist” on the school’s traditional “Night of the Notables” was the colorful crowd spilling over from the cafeteria into the Commons area at the new school. The program has been held now for the past 14 years.
Looking like a back lot at Universal Studio in LA, the scene that night featured costumed student/actors portraying favorite historical characters from a long, time ago—like centuries in the past.
Besides bedsheet-wrapped—ooops, sorry, those were supposed to be togas! —Romans, there were Greeks, Egyptians, early day Brits, Macedonians and more meandering around the hallways—along with parent “guests”—chowing down on grapes, olives, dates, pita, baklava, and other traditional foods of the Time, interspersed among displays that featured scale model s of pyramids, scrolls, clay tablets and crowns.
Guests were invited to listen to each character recite their “bios” and then identify them on the BINGO card. Although no prizes were awarded, the payoff was to successfully “name” as many characters as possible—a painless way to learn about early notables.
About 250 sixth graders took part in this annual program. One mom joined the festivities, dressing as an Egyptian slave, complete with a fancy green feathered fan. After all, she explained, she’s “like a slave” to her children even in the 21st century.
What’s in store for the 6th graders as they near the close of their first year at DuPont’s Pioneer Middle School?
Sixth Grade Camp, scheduled for the first week in June at Camp Island Lake, near Poulsbo, WA.
*Note: Boudicca (62 AD) was the Celtic Warrior Queen who led her troops in the unsuccessful battle against the Roman Governor of Britain.