Kansas Students Get Hands-On History Lesson

Published 01/24 2014 05:13PM

Updated 01/25 2014 03:03PM

(LEAVENWORTH, Kan.) Students from three schools took a different approach to learning, through demonstration.

The 28th Annual Frontier Kansas Day celebrates the state becoming apart of the Union.

"I want them to understand that Kansas has a very rich heritage and that yes, we celebrate the day, but it's more than just facts on a page," says Geri Parscale, Deputy Superintendent, USD 207, Fort Leavenworth Schools.

School leaders hope students will learn what life was like on the prairie.

Students learned how to make butter, soap, throw a lasso, how an apple press works and much more.

Close to 600 students participated in the event and say they enjoyed a creative way to learn.

"I have learned about Lewis and Clark, The Harvey Girls and how hard they worked back then," says Kristina Hassell, a fourth-grader at Bradley Elementary.

Nearly 15 demonstrators were on hand for Friday's event and all agree that students will take something away from the interactive groups.

"One of the things, when you actually come up to something that you haven't seen before, is you get to pick up something, a new tool that you haven't seen before and you have a much greater memory for what it is," says Chris Taylor, from the Atchison County Historical Society.

The students who participated in Friday's event are children of servicemen and women stationed at Fort Leavenworth.

Since they're only in town for a short time, leaders hope they will remember their experience and appreciate the modern world.

"I ask them, one, did they have a good time, but also, do they want to live in prairie life or do they want to live right now? Most of them say now," added Parscale.

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