‘Colonial Days’ returns


Annual field trip for Point Primary students celebrates local culture

By Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmsedia.com



Cindy Williams from the Mason County Library teaches Point Pleasant Primary School students the art of storytelling during the school’s Colonial Days event held at Krodel Park.


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Colonial Days scenes, from top left, 2015 Possum Queen Blythe Powell congratulates 2016 Possum Queen Debra Byus; second grader Ben Supple plays banjo for his classmates; bottom row, from left, PPPS students tour Krodel Park; students learn to make butter at Fort Randolph.


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POINT PLEASANT — For the last few years, Point Pleasant Primary School has created its own fall tradition with Colonial Days.

Colonial Days, which is a field trip of sorts, is a full day of outdoor activities for students at local areas of interest, with this year’s event held at Krodel Park and Fort Randolph.

Principal Vickie Workman said it was important to host these events at local attractions which incorporate history and activities – it was previously held at the West Virginia State Farm Museum.

“For the most part, our kids live in town,” Workman said, adding staying local was the goal, exposing these students to local parks and museums which perhaps inspires the children to go back with their parents.

This year for Colonial Days, students were treated to bracelet and butter making, sewing demonstrations, corn counting, storytelling by Cindy Williams from the Mason County Library and pumpkin painting with all pumpkins donated by Mason County Schools. In addition, Walker said Paul Simon donated a trolley for the kids to ride through Krodel Park. The kids were also permitted to tour Fort Randolph and treated to banjo playing by their classmate Benjamin Supple who is in second grade at the school.

“These kids need to step back in time and we need to slow time down for them,” Workman said, about the demonstrations teaching her students about a simpler way of life lived not so long ago in the area.

Also, the teachers have fun with the annual event as well, crowning a “Possum Queen” which this year went to PPPS staff member Debra Byus. Last year’s Possum Queen went to Blythe Powell.

Attending Colonial Days were around 300 children in kindergarten through second grade, as well as several parent volunteers. The school funds the annual field trip.

Cindy Williams from the Mason County Library teaches Point Pleasant Primary School students the art of storytelling during the school’s Colonial Days event held at Krodel Park.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2016/10/web1_10.21-PPR-CD-2.jpgCindy Williams from the Mason County Library teaches Point Pleasant Primary School students the art of storytelling during the school’s Colonial Days event held at Krodel Park. Beth Sergent/Register

Colonial Days scenes, from top left, 2015 Possum Queen Blythe Powell congratulates 2016 Possum Queen Debra Byus; second grader Ben Supple plays banjo for his classmates; bottom row, from left, PPPS students tour Krodel Park; students learn to make butter at Fort Randolph.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2016/10/web1_10.22-PPR-CD.jpgColonial Days scenes, from top left, 2015 Possum Queen Blythe Powell congratulates 2016 Possum Queen Debra Byus; second grader Ben Supple plays banjo for his classmates; bottom row, from left, PPPS students tour Krodel Park; students learn to make butter at Fort Randolph. Beth Sergent/Register Courtesy
Annual field trip for Point Primary students celebrates local culture

By Beth Sergent

bsergent@civitasmsedia.com

Reach Beth Sergent @bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent @bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

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