Chancey Bush
Retired teacher Eric Grossman helps Shawn Bales fill his tissue-paper balloon with hot air during the fifth-grade balloon launch at Bergen Valley.
Up, up and away

Fifth-graders at Bergen Valley Elementary School sent up trial balloons of sorts on May 17.

The 100 students in groups of two and three tested tissue-paper hot air balloons by sending them floating into the air. Some balloons flew high over the ball field on the east side of the school, while others, well, not so much.