Tree falls on power lines, forces early school dismissal and annual event cancellation

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- Life has a way of keeping us on our toes.

"This is our 22nd annual Math Day. We started it at Allen Central and then when we consolidated the two schools, we brought it to Floyd Central with us," explained Amy Halbert.

Mrs. Halbert is a teacher at Floyd Central High School and the Math Day founder.

Students and teachers at Floyd Central High School began planning for Math Day in January.

"You really see the students step up and pull off their very best," said Halbert.

Students are tasked with competing in multiple categories.

"How basketball and the game Angry Birds are related to algebra 2," recalled Halbert. "And another one where they have to program a robot to go a certain distance in a certain period of time," she added.

Nearly 150 middle school students in Floyd County compete in the 13 competition event.

This year is special for Mrs. Halbert.

This is Mrs. Halbert's 28th year teaching and her last.

"It's been one of my favorite things to do with the kids," recalled Halbert.

She plans to retire soon, but Friday a tree took out some power lines near the school.

Math Day, originally scheduled for Friday, needed to be rescheduled.

"Due to a power outage, we're dismissing school early," said Assistant Principal Cynthia Turner.

Working fast to organize a game plan to reschedule the event, Turner told WYMT, they always keep the students' safety in mind.

"It is chaotic. We're trying to do a lot of different things," Turner pointed out.

While math day did not run smoothly, Mrs. Halbert says her students learned more than she could ever imagine.

"Even today when we've had a lot of snags. They're coming out and they're stepping up and they're doing things like working out situations, troubleshooting," explained Halbert.

Electricity was restored to the building after a few hours.

Amy Halbert says they hope to reschedule Math Day for later this month. Life has a way of keeping us on our toes.

"This is our 22nd annual Math Day. We started it at Allen Central and then when we consolidated the two schools, we brought it to Floyd Central with us," explained Amy Halbert.

Mrs. Halbert is a teacher at Floyd Central High School and the Math Day founder.

Students and teachers at Floyd Central High School began planning for Math Day in January.

"You really see the students step up and pull off their very best," said Halbert.

Students are tasked with competing in multiple categories.

"How basketball and the game Angry Birds are related to algebra 2," recalled Halbert. "And another one where they have to program a robot to go a certain distance in a certain period of time," she added.

Nearly 150 middle school students in Floyd County compete in the 13 competition event.

This year is special for Mrs. Halbert.

This is Mrs. Halbert's 28th year teaching and her last.

"It's been one of my favorite things to do with the kids," recalled Halbert.

She plans to retire soon, but Friday a tree took out some power lines near the school.

"Due to a power outage, we're dismissing school early," said Assistant Principal Cynthia Turner.

Working fast to organize a game plan to reschedule the event, Turner told WYMT, they always keep the students' safety in mind.

"It is chaotic. We're trying to do a lot of different things," Turner pointed out.

While math day did not run smoothly, Mrs. Halbert says her students learned more than she could ever imagine.

"Even today when we've had a lot of snags. They're coming out and they're stepping up and they're doing things like working out situations, troubleshooting," explained Halbert.

Electricity was restored to the building after a few hours.

Amy Halbert says they hope to reschedule Math Day for later this month.



 
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