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New Salem, Marshville students have colonial experience

Fourth-grade students from New Salem and Marshville Elementary Schools came together recently (Dec. 9, 2008) to explore life in Colonial times in America.
The two schools are partners in the Union County Public School’s sister school program. The camp was one of the activities that the New Salem and Marshville elementary schools will participate in together this year.
The Colonial Camp, which is from Dunn (North Carolina), set up an all-day camp experience at New Salem Elementary, enjoyed by students in the fourth grade who are studying the colonization of North Carolina.
Students also learned that to live in Colonial times involved a lot of hard work.  They made leather items such as pioneer journals. The activities were exciting, but hard work requiring lots of patience.
“We have different activities from the colonial period. Students try the activities first-hand,” said Daniel Stephenson, with the Colonial Camp program. “They make a leather journal, a medicine bag, block prints and a rag doll, for example. And they get to play Indian and colonial games.”
“The camp gave students the opportunity to participate in many aspects of life in Colonial America,” said New Salem fourth-grade teacher Mindy Pope. “Camp leaders set up authentic tent structures and dressed in authentic Colonial clothing. Several students joined the fun by wearing Colonial clothing, as well.”
Flute music of the period could be heard throughout the day as students participated in various activities. The camp also included an authentic Colonial-American dress-up station. “At this station, students learned about and tried on the basic pieces of clothing worn in Colonial times,” Pope said.
Forget the high tech gadgets and gizmos. It was all about good old fashion fun as fourth graders enjoyed playing Colonial and Native American games, including several games that children of similar ages played during that time period.
This was a day that the students from New Salem and Marshville Elementary Schools will likely never forget. “It was a day for learning and making new friends,” Pope said. “Both schools are looking forward to sharing more experiences in the future.”

Written by: Mindy Pope, New Salem teacher, and Arthur Rogers, UCPS Communications Specialist
Posted: Jan 09, 2009 by Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator

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