Viera Charter School relives the Renaissance


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Viera Charter School assistant principal and athletic director Thomas Armstrong, second from left, is proud to bring the Renaissance Fair to the area.

photo by Jill Blue-Gaines

Travel to that most interesting of time periods, the Renaissance, without leaving Viera, thanks to the efforts of students and staff of Viera Charter School, where the age of da Vinci and Michelangelo will come alive, for a few hours, at least, beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 9, on the school grounds, 6206 Breslay Drive, Viera.

“We are excited to celebrate our students’ interpretation of one of the most important time periods in world history,” said Thomas Armstrong, assistant principal and athletic director at the school.

The event welcomes all in the community to join in the spirit of the Renaissance.

“Kids will play games from the Middle Ages, observe knights competing and catapults destroying castles,” promised Armstrong. 

The fair is not just about knightly derring-do, for guests can enjoy the low-key and pleasant pastime of petting creatures great and small at the fair’s farm area.

Folks in the Renaissance enjoyed great appetite for life … and for hearty food, so it is to be expected that Viera Charter’s Renaissance Fair should have an important culinary component. 

“Everyone will enjoy all-you-can-eat pork, turkey, chicken, roasted potatoes and carrots,” Armstrong said. 

Cost for the feast fit for a king is only $10. 

While the emphasis is on fun, there is also an educational component to the event. The Renaissance nurtured giants in art and science, so the students will pay tribute to giants such as Galileo, Gutenberg, Columbus, Magellan and, of course, immortal artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.  

Viera Charter School, a tuition-free, open enrollment public charter school, is open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school has been recognized by Florida Governor Rick Scott for its students’ outstanding performance in mathematics achievement. Viera Charter School scored in the top 9.3 percent in the state in math during the 2015-2016 school year.

The student body has also earned kudos in both the gym and the classroom. The Panthers’ boys varsity basketball team recently won the Space Coast Christian Athletic Championship. Its robotics teams have qualified for state competition, and Viera Charter’s Science Olympiads and chess team also have distinguished themselves.  

Viera Charter School is located at 6206 Breslay Drive, Melbourne. For more information, call 321-633-8368 or go to vieracharterschool.com. 

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