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These kids have some ideas for a new ride at Coney Island

Posted at 6:51 AM, Oct 30, 2019

CINCINNATI — When Coney Island announced the rides in the park would be removed, an elementary school teacher and her students came up with a few ideas for a new ride at the park.

Wendy Gallupi, a teacher at Sherwood Elementary school, talked with Coney Island's management about having her third grade students design a new ride, and the park's management said they would hear their ideas.

"It was really exciting," said Vivian Suhre, a student of Gallupi. "I thought it was kind of weird because I didn't know that kids could design a whole park at Coney Island."

The students designed their own rides for the park, but after a few weeks of brainstorming, Gallupi and her students thought it would be fun to combine two of the class's favorite rides. Thus, the Python Log, a log flume ride, was born.

"They have great ideas," Gallupi said. "Our administrator said, 'Dream big, do what you want to do.' And then you're supported by Coney Island who said, 'Yeah, we want to hear what your kids have to say.'"

Gallupi and her students will present their idea to Coney Island Wednesday afternoon.