An Interesting Week

Thoroughbreds are such interesting animals. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes - and colors too. In fact, there are SEVEN different colors a Thoroughbred can be. In my primary math program, I have the kids try to name all seven, and they usually have no problem getting six of them. But there is always that last one that no one ever gets. Well, a little first grader got it right this week at Stamping Ground Elementary. So congrats to him. Anyone out there think they can name all seven? If you can, let me know and maybe I''ll send you a prize. And NO GOOGLING!!  

The week started on an onimous note as I was scheduled to be at East Jessamine Middle School at 10:15 a.m. I made good time and pulled into the parking lot at 9:45. The only problem - I pulled into the WEST Jessamine Middle School parking lot. I had Mapquested the wrong school. So I called my contact at East Jessamine and she directed me across Jessamine County and I pulled into the correct school at 10:15 - right on time! And you can see from the pictures it was a beautiful place to teach. The kids and staff were pretty awesome too.  

Unfortunatley, on my way home, the accelerator on my vehicle stuck a bit as I was merging onto I-264. I was supposed to be at Drakes Creek Middle School in Bowling Green the next day, but instead took the van in to get fixed.  

Friday, I was good to go and on my way to Stamping Ground Elementary in Scott County. Bluegrass Country! Stamping Ground was named after a site where buffalo hung out for the natural salt licks and I guess they like to stamp (stomp??) the ground as they lick salt. Stamping Ground was almost comletely destroyed in the 1974 tornado outbreak, but recovered and rebuilt. Today it is home to about 570 people and one very nice school. And one very smart first grader who knows that YES, a Thoroughbred can be the color roan!

Ronnie Dreistadt

Manager of Education Services for the Kentucky Derby Museum.