Cobb County Hall Pass earns an A+

Program offers unique way for teachers to satisfy curriculum standards
Learn cookery at the Marietta Root House Museum
Learn cookery at the Marietta Root House Museum
Aug. 27, 2011 - PRLog -- Reading, writing and ‘rithmetic? That’s so last semester. In Cobb County, Ga. subjects for student study include the “Great Locomotive Chase,” Funereal Symbolism and Paranormal Studies. These and other classes are part of the lesson plan for The Hall Pass,, a unique way for teachers to satisfy curriculum standards and a student group’s ticket to unique educational experiences.

Developed by Cobb County tourism and education partners, the program encompasses a variety of courses that provide learning experiences at various attractions in the area, located northwest of downtown Atlanta, including museums, battlefields, historic homes, a trolley and other attractions for one discounted admission price. Teachers select individual classes from the course catalog or may opt for one of two pre-planned itineraries at

Core classes and electives
Core classes and electives are held at a variety of Cobb County attractions: the Marietta Museum of History, the Root House Museum, the Gone With the Wind Museum, The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, Acworth’s Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the Acworth Rosenwald School and the Old Zion Heritage Museum, among other locales.

The Marietta Trolley tour highlights the Confederate and National Cemeteries and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, among other historic places. The Ghosts of Marietta Tour presents a lesson in the art of storytelling and the ghost’s role in this time-honored oral tradition.

Try History 101 to learn what people did before iPods and iPads. Tackle Environmental Science and study cooking the 1830s way. Future business leaders can analyze company records at a machine works company, academics can research African-American history through 19th century church architecture, and lit scholars can test their book smarts by passing this pop quiz: Who wrote the 1936 Pulitzer Prize winning novel that still sells 350,000 copies a year?

Hall Pass electives include classes in architecture (Greek Temple), technology (examination of an artifact known as a typewriter), Paranormal Studies (investigation of ghosts) and Funerary Symbolism (the meaning of the crosses and shields carved in marble headstones).

The most important class of all
Recess! Sandy beach, walking trails, fishing dock, basketball court and more await at Lake Acworth, where a Sunset Weenie Roast will take place at Cauble Park. This isn’t your parents’ recess.

A lunch period has been scheduled: In Marietta, students have a choice of 20 different eateries on the historic town square; in Acworth, they have their choice of 10. And there’s not a cafeteria among them.

Register for classes
Teachers may browse through The Hall Pass course catalog, choose the classes they want their students to take, and send in an application. Following enrollment, a tour schedule is sent to teachers. You can even drop or add a class. Visit to see the course catalog and make selections. And students take note: Don’t skip any classes and homework is at the teacher’s discretion.


Theresa Jenkins
Marietta Welcome Center and Visitors Bureau

Connie Sutherland
Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum-Scarlett on the Square


ABOUT THE HALL PASS │ Designed to provide student groups with unique, educational experiences in Cobb County, The Hall Pass is a unique way for teachers to satisfy curriculum standards. Core classes and electives, with a focus on history, literature, economics, technology, antebellum architecture, African-American history and other subjects, take place at area attractions. Recess and a scheduled lunch period are built into two itineraries that have been developed for the program. Students visit museums, battlefields, historic homes and other attractions for one discounted admission price. For information about The Hall Pass and the course catalog and itineraries, contact a “faculty member” at Cobb County Hall Pass,, or visit
Source:Laurie Rowe Communications
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