Colonial Day


Mary Claire Bearak

As part of the “Why America is Free” curriculum used in their U.S. History class taught by Mrs. Frances James, the fifth grade students participated in Colonial Day held on campus November 18. “Why America is Free” is a six-week program that offers a hands-on learning experience and covers the events, times and heroes of the American Revolution. Dressed in period costume, the students participated in a wide variety of activities including colonial cooking for the girls and a militia drill for the boys. Students also learned how to make candles, cornhusk dolls, hand-painted floor cloths, string toys and silhouettes. Boys attended the class “Education of Young Gentlemen” while the girls attended “Lady of Genteel Refinement.” Also dressed in period costume, parent volunteers and teachers led the ten different activities throughout the day. For Patriot Night, an evening reception held at the home of Dr. & Mrs. David VanPatten on November 17, students, faculty and parents also dressed in period costume.