Students Get Hands-On Lessons During Canal Day

PHOENIX, NY – Students in the Phoenix Central School District spent the day Friday learning about “the way things were” during the annual Canal Day of Phoenix.

Glenda Stanbridge and Kathleen Pike coordinate the event every year for fourth graders in the school district.

“This is the seventh year that we’ve done it but it is the 22nd year overall,” Stanbridge said.

Stanbridge said that the event gives students the opportunity to learn about some of the hands-on vendors who may have been around during the time that the canal was built.

“It brings that time more to life,” Stanbridge said. “It goes along with the curriculum that they are learning in class.”

Among the offerings, students were able to churn ice cream, make their own candles, see the tools used by blacksmiths and woodworkers, and learn about quilting and spinning wool into yarn. Old fashioned games were also part of the event as students walked on stilts and tossed rings using rods.

New this year, Stanbridge said students were given pamphlets with clues to lead them to specific vendors. For each vendor students visited, they received a sticker. At the end of the day, students who received all the stickers they needed for their pamphlets received a prize of a gingerbread man.

“It keeps them focused,” Stanbridge said. “This way, they will get the chance to visit with more of the vendors than they may have otherwise.”

Here are some of the images of the day: