In my former life I was a first grade teacher for 7 years in the Birmingham, AL area. I spent 3 years (1996-1999) at Pinson Elementary and 4 years (1999-2003) at Vestavia Hills Elementary, Liberty Park. While I was in my second year at Pinson, some of the older grade teachers applied for and won an award or grant of some sort from Radio Disney. The project was a “Homework House” where lower income kids could go to this “house” and have access to computers, internet, tutors, books and resources to help with homework. The contest was called “My School Rules.”
Pinson won in 1998. I have no idea how many other applicants there were or if there were other winners that year or not. I never actually saw the “Homework House” or knew of any kid who used it. What I do know is that when our teachers were awarded the prize, money or whatever it was all the kids in grades K-5 went to the gym for a pep rally type celebration. At the celebration, DJs from Radio Disney were on hand playing music and giving away prizes to the kids and we had a visit from Mickey Mouse himself! It was the REAL Mickey, straight from the Magic Kingdom too. Not one of those jankey, creepy, ‘I want to kidnap your kid’ Mickeys you rent from party centers either!
The kids were all brought into the gym for the celebration. The sign in the first picture (Welcome Radio Disney) was signed by each kid in the school. The PTA parents had games and contests for the kids to participate in while Radio Disney blasted music from the stage.
Being the Disney nut that I am, I think I was the only teacher to wear Mickey attire. I had my t-shirt that said MICKEY on it, a Mickey pin, and I wore my ears to the celebration. I encouraged all the kids in my class to wear a Disney tshirt as well!
It was a great day to get out of class and “party” with Mickey Mouse and the Radio Disney DJs in the school gym!