The day begins
This is the DAY and the EVENING when all that the UPPER ELEMENTARY students
have LEARNED in the weeks preceding
comes to life for them - what was once just a STORY, on this day
now becomes real to them. The LOWER grade students are transfixed when they see
the older students in CLOTHING from another time, walking proudly-respectfully,
and speaking in a way they never before have witnessed. They are awestruck and want to
FOLLOW in their FOOTSTEPS.
The BOYS attend a school with the strict SCHOOL MASTER, and the GIRLS attend a school of genteel REFINEMENT
The girls make shirts
for the soldiers
Offering tea proves a valuable resource for gathering and sharing information
Broadsides are printed with the latest news
As the boys study Latin using the 18th century recitation method, Deportment, and Militia Training, and as the girls study Social Etiquette, Deportment, and Needlework, what is really happening is that they are being immersed into a perilous day in the middle of the war.
In the afternoon, family and friends and the students
from the lower grades, attend a program performed by the
students participating in Patriots Day
The program provides an excellent opportunity for everyone attending
to experience the excitement of this day.
While every school is different, many schools read or reenact Longfellow's
THE LANDLORD'S TALE. PAUL REVERE'S RIDE,
sing a selection of patriotic songs,
and perform a colonial dance.
The students are performing a colonial dance they have learned in Music.
To begin the dance, they first give each other their honors.
The boys bow to the girls, and then the honor is returned with a curtsy. Through dance, the students learn to respect
and see the value in each other.
Mothers, grandmothers and friends were given a room
at this public school. They brought their sewing machines, fabric was donated, and they made costumes for all of the students. At the end of the year, the costumes were stored to be used year after year
by the students participating in Patriots Day.
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