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Ravens fever roars back to Team BCPS
09/13/2013

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With a drum tattoo building just outside the gymnasium at Catonsville Elementary School, followed by a deafening cheer from more than 400 enthusiastic students, Ravens fever roared back into Baltimore County Public Schools on Friday, September 13.  

The Ravens Caravan made stops by Catonsville and Hillcrest elementary schools on the first official Purple Friday of the new season, and students and staff alike voiced their approval – loudly.

"This is a real football school," said Catonsville Principal Linda Miller, "so this is a great, energetic way to start a Friday for our students!"

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 The Ravens Caravan, which visits many Baltimore County schools and other sites around Ravens nation during the NFL football season, creates plenty of excitement. With members of the Ravens Marching Band, the Ravens cheerleading squad and mascot Poe, the roving pep rally left Catonsville Elementary buzzing.

During the visit, the band blasted familiar Ravens tunes, the cheerleaders exhorted students and Poe high-fived and danced his way through the crowd. Several students strutted their own version of former Ravens player Ray Lewis' famous "Squirrel Dance," and even some faculty got in on the excitement by dancing with Poe or simply taking video of the event.

The visit was a closely held secret. Miller had urged teachers and students to wear plenty of Ravens gear Friday, not only for Purple Friday but because of a surprise that would greet them at a special morning assembly. Though the Ravens publicize the Caravan's appearances at malls, stores, restaurants and other public venues, it does not announce school visits.

The only question that remained Friday – other than whether the Ravens would beat the Cleveland Browns on Sunday – was how Miller and her staff would settle her student body down after its energized morning. "I planned all of this out," she said wryly. "We haven't taken roll yet, so maybe that will quiet everyone a bit," she said.

"I hope." 

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