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Perkiomen Valley students celebrate Colonial Fair


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

TRAPPE – The fifth-graders of South Elementary were taken back to their colonial roots in the 23rd annual Colonial Fair on May 17. This program took place on the grounds of the South Elementary School, where each student dressed in colonial period clothing and participated in activities from that time period, including quilting, candle-making, and much more.
This unique project, developed by the teachers of South, Evergreen, Schwenksville, and Skippack elementary schools, was created to give fifth-graders an opportunity to experience the many aspects of American colonial life, which they have been studying throughout the year. Approximately 16 presenters from the Perkiomen Valley community and staff members provided the children with a variety of colonial activities.
Examples of these activities included creating artwork by stenciling or lucet weaving (a special braiding technique using old-fashioned tools to create clothes), making and eating homemade ice cream, churning homemade butter, learning colonial dances, playing games and making music that were popular in the 1700s andinstruction in the skills of quilting and candle making.
Throughout the years, this all-day activity has been a most enriching experience for the students of Perkiomen Valley School District.
“The fair gives the kids a taste of what colonial life was like, which is important in our curriculum,” commented fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Sarker at the event. “It’s a really authentic and fun experience for them, and I love seeing all the kids dress up!”
South Elementary School is located at 200 East Third in Trappe.
-Submitted by Perkiomen Valley School District
PHOTO CAPTIONS:
4: Students Samantha Wolff, Mason Kinsey and Eli Johnston about to press flowers to create bookmarks
5: Andrew Meeley getting served his homemade ice cream
6: Reese North making some freshly squeezed lemonade
10: Former Perkiomen Valley School District teacher Dominic Manderachi acting as the town friar with student Isabella Cracchiolo