Switch gears, and careers. We landed in Our Humble High School, with a large bank of windows and lengthy expanse of windowsill. What to do? Happy Meal Toyz to the rescue! At first, our sunlit, makeshift exhibit space looked pretty empty. But soon, our Classroom Cherubs started to bring in their own McDonald's acquisitions to keep ours company on said windowsill. We had a regular Happy Meal Fiesta goin' on!
We experienced several Happy Meal Phases. The Teeny Beanie Babies phase; the Frightful Furbie Phase. Then, McDonald's got creative--is than an oxymoron?--when it decided in '01 that it would feature a Giant Inspector Gadget in its Happy Meals, with a catch. The kids had to collect the Good Inspector One Piece at a Time. And, darn it all, it took our students weeks to find that left leg. For a while, our Gadget had two right legs, until an Intrepid Senior Girl scored a leftie at the local Mickey D's.
These days, we host 100-200 critters, who brighten up our sometimes Tedious Teacher Lives and are quite a conversation-starter. Over the years, many of our HMTs have succombed to the elements--hey, it's darn difficult to hang out on a windowsill in the sun all day long! We figure, between the HMTs and the Beatles posters, not to mention the Shrunken Head (see previous post) and other paraphernalia, we keep things lively. Ray Kroc, move over--Martha Stewart needs to see our digs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joMfVFAK5Qc