BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - MGM Park was bursting at the seams Wednesday with thousands of South Mississippi students. It was the park's first ever Education Day, and most everyone seemed to be having a blast.
Who wouldn't want to spend a day away from the classroom to watch some Shuckers baseball? That's exactly what around 4,000 students did from all across South Mississippi.
MGM Park invited dozens of schools for a day of fun, education and of course, baseball.
The students were able to interact with Biloxi first responders, the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and many more organizations.
It was a break for students and teachers alike.
"It's fabulous. I can't believe it. The kids, the teachers, everyone's excited," said North Bay Elementary teacher Michael Adams.
The starring attraction was down on the diamond. The Biloxi Shuckers took on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos for an early game.
The early start made it possible for these students to create lasting memories. For some, it was a first.
"It's pretty cool. I've never been to one," said Jeremiah Wallace, from Stone Elementary.
This was the case for several students. Of course, these students didn't mind being away from their books for a bit.
"It's awesome that we don't get to go to school and have to do our work," said Christian Acosta, from Lizana Elementary.
Nicholas Sullivan from Bayou View Middle School agreed.
"We all get to come out here and enjoy a game of baseball instead of being in school in our regular classes," said Nicholas.
Perhaps it didn't hurt that the students didn't have to worry about using their inside voices while they cheered on the Shuckers.
More than 30 schools participated in Education Day.