On Thursday, Calhoun Elementary School’s third grade walked through the front doors of Tellus and were greeted by a cheering staff wielding confetti cannons, goody bags and a giant banner announcing their good fortune. Collectively, they were Tellus’ millionth visitor.
“We suspected the single millionth visitor might be hidden in one of our school programs. We couldn’t bear the thought of disappointing the rest of the class, so we formulated a back-up plan to let them all be the millionth visitor,” Tellus Executive Director Jose Santamaria said.
Each child received a bag of treats from the Tellus Store complete with an admission pass to return for another visit with a parent for free. As a final surprise, the students enjoyed an ice cream party in the Carter Davis Pavilion at Tellus before they headed back to school.
“The confetti was so fun. We can’t wait to come back,” said third-grader Gabriel Howard.
“We never expected it. It’s nice to be the millionth visitor,” said Gabriel’s grandfather, Bill Howard.
Next month, on Saturday, April 26, Tellus will host a Block Party to celebrate the milestone. The celebration will include food trucks inside the museum, an open bar, music, games and a silent auction to benefit the museum. Tickets for the fundraiser are available to guests 21 and older for $75 for one or $125 for two. To purchase online, visit www.tellusmuseum.org and click on Block Party or call Jessica Cantrell at 770-606-5712.
For more information about Tellus, call 770-606-5700 or visit www.tellusmuseum.org or www.facebook.com/tellusmuseum.