Teachers Camp On Football Field For Copter's Flyover

Four Niles North Teachers pitched tents, woke at 4 a.m. to ready the donuts, OJ. Kids arrived an hour later to make formations for ABC7 to film from the air during a Friday Flyover.

By Pam DeFiglio, Patch.com

Three Niles North High School teachers pitched tents on the school's football field late Thursday night to be ready for the 5:30 a.m. visit of an ABC7 news helicopter.

"We woke up about 4 a.m. to get ready for ABC to come at 4:30, so we had maybe a two-hour nap," said Caroline Benjamin, director of student activities at the school, attended by students from Skokie, Morton Grove and Niles.

Related: See Video the ABC7 Copter Shot 

They also set up Krispy Kreme donuts, orange juice and coffee for students to eat. While teenagers are notorious for wanting to sleep late, about 500 students started arriving around 5 a.m. That's almost a quarter of the student body.

"It's amazing what a donut can do to get kids up at that time," Benjamin observed.

And while they may be newbies, the freshman showed impressive spirit. 

"We were doing cheers with the kids, and the freshmen were the loudest," she said.

The freshmen also had the highest number of kids show up, so they won a pizza party for everyone in their class.

Students lined up to make three formations on the field. Viewed from the air, they said "Go Vikings," "NNHS" and "We R 1."

By early afternoon, most students were still awake.

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"They're really exhausted, but there's such an excitement buzzing through the school," Benjamin said. "A lot are tweeting and posting shots on Instagram. I'm sure they'll crash when they get home."

Teachers Anastasia Deligianis and Sloane Robin also camped out in the football field tent.

"Anastasia was the one who contacted ABC," Benjamin said. "All it took was an email."

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Schoolmarm September 07, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Patch, Please note that the headline for this story is in error. None of the three people you list is a teacher at Niles North. Caroline Benjamin, as you note accurately, is director of student activities. This is not a teaching position. The other two people are listed in the Niles North staff directory as para professionals - meaning they are not teachers. Anastasia Deligianis, who, according to your reporting, contacted ABC, is listed as a paraprofessional in the Dean's Office, assisting the deans, and the other person, who is listed in the staff directory as Robin Sloane, not Sloane Robin as you report, is listed as a paraprofessional (usually meaning aide) in Special Ed.


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