Students from Boynton Middle School spent their day Wednesday learning the ins and outs of everything from logging and candlemaking to breadmaking and old-style handwriting as part of the school’s Colonial Day. After four weeks of investigating the early successes and failures of early English settlements in North America, comparing and contrasting different colonial regions, and discussing life throughout the colonies student’s participated in an all-day hands-on learning experience. While many of these activities had a modern twist, the students were still able to get a feel for how challenging life was without the “luxuries” of our modern world. The event also included help from those in the community. Jodi Farwell and Farwell Farm brought their apple press and monitored the making of apple cider, Birchwood Orchards in Mason donated eight bushels of apples to be pressed, and Mike Rand of Rand’s carpentry helped student’s hew a log into a square.
Above: Samantha Bilodeau and Mike Rand hew a log. Left: From left, Emma Honkala, Delaney Sauvola and Misha White learn how to make candles. Right: Amanda Normandin goes through handwriting exercices.