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Phoenix fourth graders step back in time during Canal Days

A 28-year tradition continued along the Oswego River recently as Phoenix fourth graders participated in Canal Days.

Autumn Kelly, a fourth grader at Maroun Elementary School, explores the tug Syracuse during Canal Days in Phoenix.
Autumn Kelly, a fourth grader at Maroun Elementary School, explores the tug Syracuse during Canal Days in Phoenix.

The annual event brought students, school officials, politicians and local dignitaries together for a step back in time.

All seven fourth grade classes at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School were propelled back into the 1800s and early 1900s to experience life during that era in local history.

“This goes along well with what the students are learning in class,” said event organizer Glenda Stanbridge. “There is always a great turnout and a lot of parents who came to Canal Days when they were in school are coming back with their own kids today.”

During Canal Days, Maroun Elementary School students Masson Bell (left) and Karson Kimball learn about the different tools used to clean horseshoes.
During Canal Days, Maroun Elementary School students Masson Bell (left) and Karson Kimball learn about the different tools used to clean horseshoes.

Hundreds of students and chaperones walked along Canal Park, where they were greeted by local historians who offered lessons on everything from making candles to cleaning horseshoes.

Students explored hand stitching, early 1900s games, antique fire equipment, hand tools and, of course, the canal system.