The Circus Comes to JFK


The circus came to town at JFK on June 17 and 18, literally taking over the school’s physical education classes. Assisted by physical education teachers Keith Gerard and Jennie Nagengast., experts from the National Circus Company presented a series of circus workshops, teaching skills such as acrobatics, juggling, stilt-walking, plate-spinning and other circus tricks to students from grades 3-5.

By the end of a single class, many students had mastered the basics of juggling and other circus skills, which demand that both sides of the brain be used equally and simultaneously.  

“These skills are great for hand-eye coordination, concentration and focus,” said Gerard. “The presentation also helped reinforce what the students are learning in their physical education classes.”

“It was great to see how our students built up their coordination and their self-confidence, and in the process, enhanced other parts of their learning,” said Principal Aileen O’Rourke.

The program was provided by the school’s PTA Arts in Education Committee.