Covington students meet the Illusion Maker


Edu-tainment program teaches students about recycling, environment

By Allison C. Gallagher - [email protected]



Anthony Weber | Civitas Media Hook Elementary School students including second grade students Sera Halter, Kenzy Copas and Aiden Kirkpatrick along with kindergarten student Gracelann Cales use blocks to answer questions reflecting the environment at a game of Super Survivor during an Illusion Maker presentation at the school Thursday in Troy.


Anthony Weber | Civitas Media The Illusion Maker David James quizzes an audience of kindergarten through second grade students during a presentation promoting the environment at Hook Elementary School in Troy.


COVINGTON — Elementary students all over Miami County got to compete to be the “Super Survivor” with the Illusion Maker and along the way, learned about how they could preserve the environment.

From Sept. 14 through Sept. 17, The Illusion Maker Super Survivor Game Show traveled to schools in Piqua, Covington, Troy and Tipp City. The show divides groups of students into two teams and individual audience members are called on to answer questions. Students who got answers right received leis.

A random group of students would then be called up to compete in various rounds until one student was named the Super Survivor.

David James, the Illusion Maker, explained how the Scranton-based company which puts on the shows changes it up a bit, putting on magic shows some years and game shows other.

“It’s loosely based off the TV show ‘Survivor,’ and jungle theme,” he said. “We use a lot of methods to teach about the environment.”

James performed on Sept. 16 at Covington Elementary School, where he praised the students there for being well-behaved, eager to participate and learn about reusing and recycling, as well as littering and storm water.

“Everyone knows you’re not supposed to litter but there’s still a ton of litter out there,” he said. “So if you motivate some students to go home and not litter anymore, or go home and teach their friends, so anything like that if they get motivated to reuse instead of throwing everything away, then those are definitely good takeaways.”

Mazelle Reck and Kian French are third graders in Mrs. Nick’s class. Reck said she was a bit nervous going up and answering questions in front of the audience, although she did know some of the answers from last year and had fun competing.

“I didn’t know you could actually recycle electronics,” she said. “I knew you could recycle glass and all the metal, but I didn’t imagine that you could recycle a bunch of it.”

French said watching Reck go up and answer questions was one of his favorite parts.

Ayden Reynolds, who is in Mrs. Anderson’s fifth grade class, was one of the kids who was called to throw hula hoops around the tiki during one of the rounds.

“When I was up there, I was nervous, excited and calm,” he said.

His favorite part was seeing how all the rounds played out and participating in an interactive assembly.

“You could learn how to recycle and help out,” he said.

The Illusion Maker Program was sponsored by the Miami County Solid Waste District.

Anthony Weber | Civitas Media Hook Elementary School students including second grade students Sera Halter, Kenzy Copas and Aiden Kirkpatrick along with kindergarten student Gracelann Cales use blocks to answer questions reflecting the environment at a game of Super Survivor during an Illusion Maker presentation at the school Thursday in Troy.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_150917aw_Hook_IllusionMaker1.jpgAnthony Weber | Civitas Media Hook Elementary School students including second grade students Sera Halter, Kenzy Copas and Aiden Kirkpatrick along with kindergarten student Gracelann Cales use blocks to answer questions reflecting the environment at a game of Super Survivor during an Illusion Maker presentation at the school Thursday in Troy.

Anthony Weber | Civitas Media The Illusion Maker David James quizzes an audience of kindergarten through second grade students during a presentation promoting the environment at Hook Elementary School in Troy.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_150917aw_Hook_IllusionMaker2.jpgAnthony Weber | Civitas Media The Illusion Maker David James quizzes an audience of kindergarten through second grade students during a presentation promoting the environment at Hook Elementary School in Troy.
Edu-tainment program teaches students about recycling, environment

By Allison C. Gallagher

[email protected]

Reach Allison C. Gallagher at [email protected]

Reach Allison C. Gallagher at [email protected]

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