Published 1:52 am Saturday, September 30, 2017

OES 4th graders get hands-on history lessons

Opp Elementary School held its third annual Pioneer Day Friday.

The day is used to make Alabama history come alive for fourth graders. The event is divided up into stations, and the fourth graders are divided into groups.

Teachers and volunteers lead each group of fourth graders in 20-minute rotations through stations which teach children what life was like for early Alabamians.

Students were taught how to live primitively by actual primitive campers, Jacob, Henry and Kim Hornsby. The family participates in primitive camping several times a year, and has been doing it for around 20 years.

“We teach the children how the pioneers lived their day to day life,” Henry Hornsby said.

Judge Trippy McGuire appeared as William Weatherford, Red Eagle, and taught the children more about the Creek Indian nation.

Weatherford told the students that the land once belonged to Muscogee Nation.