Children learn in traveling classroom while parents perform

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Zing Zang Zoom shows are in town at the Savannah Civic Center.

But did you know while many of the performers are getting geared up for their shows, their children are in school? But it's not your typical classroom.

WTOC got a glimpse of what school life is like for children of the circus.

A room just down the hall from the greatest show on earth at the Savannah Civic Center has been transformed into a classroom at least for the next couple of days. Teacher David Schwarz travels with them.

"Currently, we have 10 students ranging from pre-k all the way to high school levels," said Schwarz.

But it's not your typical classroom each week these same students are learning in a different room in a different city.

Their traveling classroom and where ever the circus goes they go.

David Schwarz is the one teacher working with all 10 students.

"Because I have 10 students, I am able to give them one-on-one attention which is great. I can spend 10 or 15 minutes with one student and not have to worry about the rest because I have time," said Schwarz.

While his parents Erwin and Jodie get ready to perform, students like 10-year-old Geovi Urias are doing schoolwork.

Geovi has spent time in both public school and the traveling school.

"You get to see more things and it's better than just reading about them in text books," said Geovi Urias.

His dad Erwin was also enrolled in the school when his parents traveled with the circus.

"It's not something that is public to everybody. Our children do travel with us and just because they travel with us doesn't mean we don't care about their education," said Erwin Urias.

"I took so much more from just being able to travel and learn about the Boston tea party and actually being in Boston and taking in more than just two pages of my text book," said Erwin Urias.

With the rich history in Savannah, they are sure to learn a thing or two both in and out of the traveling classroom.

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