Last Friday evening, 89 Central Middle School students piled into a school bus to travel to the iWireless Center in Moline to attend a Quad City Mallards hockey game. The students not only attended the game, but were also able to participate in the activities of the evening.

The students sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at the beginning of the game before watching the game as a group. The performing group contained a combination of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

CMS Choir teacher Tristan Tolle says participation in the event was completely optional. Students who wanted to participate needed to purchase a ticket at a reduced price. Families of the students were invited to participate and attend the game at a reduced price as well.

“The purpose of going to the game was to give the students a fun event to add excitement to the program. We want to give the kids something fun to be able to look forward to,” Tolle says.

In addition to the fun, the students are able to experience performing in a different venue and for a larger audience.

Tolle says the middle school choir has performed for the Mallards before, the last time being three years ago, with a combined Central and West choir.