Rain sticks, cat's cradle, tin working, and tribal chokers were just a few of the words Dobbins fourth-graders learned on Thursday, March 29. It was all part of Pioneer Days at the school, which gave the students a different view of history.
The event was put together by Dobbins fourth-grade teachers Elaine Morlan and Chase Wern. "We've been doing this for 20 years," Morlan said, wanting to make history come alive for students.
She said it follows the students' course of study. As they start reading about the early settlers in America, they get this special treat of a little hands-on fun that starts with wearing the appropriate attire. The girls dressed in long dresses, many complete with aprons and bonnets. The boys put on their pioneer britches with era-styled shirts and hats ranging from straw to coon skins.
Dobbins fourth-graders Brooke Bobbey, Carley Francis, and Kaitlyn Brown show off some crafting skills during Pioneer Days last week at the school. Assisting with the many pioneer stations were members of the school's PTO. Pictured behind the students are PTO volunteers Geralyn Brown, Louise Dinopoulos, JoAnn Yaskulka, Carla Bobbey, and Jenni Shoemaker.
Once the school day began, they started making the rounds at various stations. Each one focused on a pioneer trade or pastime. The two teachers weren't alone in the endeavor, but were joined by a large number of PTO parents.
"We couldn't have pulled it off without them," Morlan said.
The afternoon wrapped up with all the fourth-grade classes coming together for a square dance. Morlan said it combined a different part of the students' day.
"We combined their gym time and music into the pioneer theme as well," she said.
In the end, Morlan said the students simply got to experience pioneer life and history in a fun way.