VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - Cruisin' the Coast revs into action on Sunday, but one South Mississippi school is already cranking up the fun. On Friday, Vancleave Lower Elementary hosted a "Cruisin' the School" celebration. The event mixed music and classic cars with lessons about life in the fabulous fifties.
Cute girls in poodle skirts and pony tails rocked the Sock Hop, while cool guys in T-shirts and leather jackets paused to strike a pose. And, there were several Elvis sightings in the hallway.
Vancleave Lower Elementary took students for a spin back in time for a Cruisin' the School celebration. Second grader Aidan Tapp dressed up as a T-Bird.
"Because it's the fifties," he said.
The fifties flashback wrapped-up a week of lessons about past decades, starting with the nineties on Monday.
"I'm a former history teacher before I became principal, so history is my passion. But I love letting the students know about the culture, the pop culture from the days gone by," said Principal Tanya Rasa.
"It's really fun to dress up, and you get to do a lot of fun things each day and learn new words that they said," said second grader Mackenzie Clancy.
"I love seeing the boys and girls dressed up from the fifties," said Rasa.
The stars of the celebration were the vintage vehicles lining the parking lot. Even the rain didn't dampen the Cruisin' spirit or the parade of classic cars.
"I want that yellow Camaro," said one boy.
"I like the one that had the magic door," one girl said.
"It's been really fun, because I get to see what they used to drive back in the old days," said Cayden.
For the finale, the second graders put on a musical performance highlighting some top tunes.
Along with Cruisin', the school hosted a Health and Wellness Fair. The event featured a blood drive, along with lessons about bullying, dental care, safety and fitness.