PHOENIX – Michael A. Maroun Elementary School fourth graders enjoyed a step back in time during the recent the 30th annual Canal Days celebration.
Students walked from MAM to the canal system in downtown Phoenix and then huddled alongside the Oswego River where they learned about life skills, recreation and craftsmanship in the 1800s and early 1900s from historians that were in period costumes.
Hands-on experiences included candle making, stitching, kneading bread, churning butter and participation in old-time games with assistance from members of John C. Birdlebough High School’s Leadership Team.
The fourth graders and their guests toured Tug Seneca, a medium-sized tug boat of the New York State Canal System.
“It’s amazing, isn’t it?” one student said as he walked on deck.
The fourth grade teachers and Phoenix Central School District Superintendent Judy Belfield mingled with the students during the morning event.
Teacher Rebecca Coffin said students were able to connect to the activities and information because they had been learning about the canal and its impact on trade, travel, communities and businesses throughout the state.