Mrs. Shawna Hind and her Grade Three and Four Class from Gladmar Regional School, took a peek into the past on Tues., May 31st, when they held their “Pioneer Afternoon”. At 1:15 p.m., the invited guests were welcomed into the gym with the class singing “Home on the Range”. The students then took a few minutes to sit with their guests to ask them questions about what it was like to live in an “earlier time”. This led into the part of the day where guests could show all of the wonderful antiques they had brought along to display. It was great to see their treasures and hear their stories. The tables displayed many wonderful antiques like old tools, lanterns, quilts, irons, tea sets, tickets, coffee grinders, toys, and so much more. The students also shared their research reports that were hung around the gym. As an extra treat, Warren Blackstock gave a demonstration of how to melt down lead to make fishing lures and black powder bullets and Albert Hanson created leather keychains with each student.
Next, the students and their guests rotated around to various centers where they carded sheep wool, made corn husk dolls, wash clothes with a washboard, tub, and ringer, played pioneer games like marbles, checkers, and jacks, and had a pioneer picture taken.
At 2:45, a delicious lunch was served, with the main attraction being their homemade bread, butter, and cookies. Earlier in the day Mrs. Lynda Blackstock helped the class bake bread, and Mrs. Rosemary Overbye helped them bake a pioneer cookie recipe called “Winter’s Best Ginger Snaps”. They also shook fresh cream in a jar to make their own butter.
As a way of expressing their thanks, the students presented each guest and parent helper, with a braided hot pot holder that they had made themselves. It was a day that the young kids and “not as young” kids will treasure for many years to come.