Mrs. Shawna Hind and her Grade 3 and 4 class from Gladmar Regional School, took a peek into the past on Wednesday, April 25th, when they held their “Pioneer Afternoon”. At 1:30 p.m., the invited guests were welcomed into the gym with the song, Home on the Range being sung and played by the students with old-fashioned instruments. Next, students met with their guests to ask them a few questions about what it was like to live in an “earlier time”. Then it was time for the guests to 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 wooden toys, an old typewriter, wool carders, an old sewing machine, a butter churn, lanterns, and so much more. Albert Hanson brought along his sewing horse and showed us all how to sew leather.
They also had a chance to wash clothes with a washboard, tub, and ringer. Everyone had a try at getting the clothes scrubbed clean and then they rung out the water to dry.
We were so grateful to Lynn Zackrisson for letting us play with them for the day. The students also shared their pioneer research reports and some of their tinsmith skills.
At 2:45 p.m., a delicious lunch was served, with the main attraction being their homemade bread and cookies. Earlier in the day Mrs. Lynda Blackstock helped the class bake bread, and Mrs. Rosemary Overbye showed them how to make a pioneer cookie recipe called “Winter’s Best Ginger Snaps”. Anna and Jeremy Hoimyr also brought some homemade root beer for everyone to taste.
As a way of expressing their thanks, the students presented each guest and parent helper, with a braided pencil 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.