First Graders Enjoy Field Trip/Tour
The first-grade class from the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School visited the Museum and one-room Bull Run School the morning of October 26, 2017. As they arrived, they walked to the tool shed behind the museum. Here John Carey told the children about the old tools and how they were used. Then they got to view inside of the outhouses; one for boys and one for girls.
Next, they visited the museum where Anthony Rishel, Yvonne Weaver, and Helen Imes, Historical Society volunteers, told them that the items displayed were artifacts from Sugar Valley and donated by the community. The volunteers explained some of the items to the children and they also had time for questions and answers.
Then the students walked into the one-room school and found seating in the old fold-down school desks. Charles Sweeny, Historical Society volunteer, spoke about how it was when students attended this school. They did not just have first grade in this one room like they have today; they had grades 1 through 8. They did not ride the bus to school; they walked. There was no lunchroom; they packed their food in brown paper bags. There was no running water; the water was carried from the neighbors or nearby streams. There were no inside bathroom facilities; they had outhouses as the ones they had just viewed. There was no electricity. He asked the children to tell him what was so different about this classroom compared to theirs. Some of their answers: the wood stove in the middle of the room, their blackboard was a white board, the windup clock on the wall, and picture of George Washington.
Sugar Valley Rural Charter School first grade students pictured with their teachers, Mrs. Rossman and Mrs. Hinton, their assistant, Mrs. Lamey, and Chuck Sweeny, Historical Society Volunteer.
As they left the schoolhouse, each of them rang the bell that hangs in the belfry.
Each visitor was given a Sugar Valley Historical Society bookmark and a phamplet describing the museum and school as keepsakes.
The volunteers hope the children had as much fun learning as we did participating. One of the instructors said she believes she enjoys the tour more than the children!
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