Mason celebrates 250 years: students pay tribute to history

  • Mason Elementary School children make three-dimensional dioramas of notable Mason landmarks to put on display during the town's 250th Anniversary Celebrations on Aug. 25. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Mason Elementary School children make three-dimensional dioramas of notable Mason landmarks to put on display during the town's 250th Anniversary Celebrations on Aug. 25. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Mason Elementary School children make three-dimensional dioramas of notable Mason landmarks to put on display during the town's 250th Anniversary Celebrations on Aug. 25. Above, Ella Iannuzzo works to glue popsicle sticks to a roof. Left, Ella Iannuzzo, Eric Arsenov and Matthew Pettingell work together to assemble buildings. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Mason Elementary School children make three-dimensional dioramas of notable Mason landmarks to put on display during the town's 250th Anniversary Celebrations on Aug. 25. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/13/2018 7:35:16 PM

The children of the Mason Elementary have spent the past year learning not only the history of their country and the world, but of the town where they live, familiarizing themselves with local historical landmarks by creating them with paint and brush and rendering them in life-like figures from poster-board.

During the town’s 250th Anniversary celebrations on Aug. 25, the school will come out of its summer lull to open its doors to visitors to see the products of the students work – a performance of Little Red Riding Hood, honoring the homage to Mason’s Pickity Place captured in the illustrations of the Little Golden Book version of the tail, children dressed up as some of Mason’s notable historic figures giving details of their accomplishments, a paper quilt of drawings of their favorite spots in town, and “accordion” pictures showing landmarks in the past or today, depending on what angle you view them from.

“We spent time taking the children to local places and learning that history,” said Superintendent and Principal Kristen Kivela. “Mason is amazing in its history. I want this to be part of the curriculum in years to come.”

Alexcina Leel, who teaches fifth grade, worked with her students on re-creating historical photographs, including one of the town’s schoolchildren in front of the school. The kids latched onto details such as the fact that none of the children in the old photographs standing unsmiling.

“That was their favorite part,” she said. 

She also incorporated Mason history into regular lessons, such as their persuasive essays, she said. 

“Because I transition these kids from Mason to Milford, I want them to have an appreciation and pride in their town,” she said. 

The children’s art projects will be available for viewing in the Mason Elementary School on Aug. 26. The Little Red Riding Hood skit will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the school, immediately followed by the unveiling of finished collaborative paintings of Mason landmarks. 




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