Ravens Fever? Kingsville Elementary School sure has it!


All the 356 students at Kingsville Elementary School knew was that they were to show their "Purple Pride" Friday morning on the eve of the AFC Championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots. 

So no one thought anything out of the ordinary when the student body – a sea of purple jerseys, face paint, and posters -- gathered in the gymnasium to support their team with a schoolwide pep rally.

Until the Ravens Marching Band started playing.  And the team's cheerleaders bounded through the gym doors. And two handlers with real ravens strode in to oohs and aahs. And the irrepressible team mascot Poe sauntered his way to the head of the gym. No one had said anything about this!


The Ravens Bandwagon had arrived, and so had Kingsville Elementary School's delirious, cheering students!  Now this was a pep rally!

While Ravens fever has Baltimore County's schools firmly in its grip this week as the team continues its post-season run, no where was the fever fiercer than at Kingsville Elementary on Friday, January 18. Thanks to Michele Proser, a BCPS physical education supervisor, the Ravens Bandwagon included the school on its tour across the Baltimore metro area as it promotes the hometown team. 

For 40 minutes, the team's cheerleaders and band and Poe entertained and thrilled and exhorted Kingsville's responsive students. Children gasped as the Ravens' acrobatic cheerleaders were tossed almost to the gymnasium's ceiling. They high-fived Poe as the team's mascot greeted many in the star-struck crowd. They cheered at the band's rendition of the Ravens' fight song. And they cheered loudly – deafeningly loudly – for the team to beat Tom Brady and his New England team.

"We're small, but we're mighty," Kingsville teacher Amy DeNike observed after one ear-splitting cheer.

Some students called by cheerleaders had predictions for Sunday's game – "40 to 0," said one; "1,000 to 0" said another. Everyone expressed their confidence that the Ravens would not just prevail, but dominate.

And on this Friday morning, at least, Kingsville Elementary School and its supportive students were the center of the Ravens Nation.

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