SUMMERSIDE – Under the Christmas Tree in 1952 is the theme organizers at Wyatt Heritage Properties shared this year with Summerside area elementary school students.
More than 800 students and nearly 100 presentations later, the school Christmas Program is about to wrap up for the season.
“We want to teach the students about life before their time,” said Marlene Campbell, presenter on the history of electronics and television. “It’s important to realize how things have changed and why.”
Over the 10 years that the program has been in existence, more than 7,000 students have been exposed to different themes.
“Every year we change up the program from the year before,” said Fred Horne, archivist at Wyatt Heritage Properties. “When we think we have nothing left to talk about Marlene and the other ladies pull something out of thin air.”
That has been the case for the past decade, with themes ranging from the history of toys, New Year celebrations around the globe, and even Christmas music over the centuries.
On the final afternoon of the tours, Grade two and three classes from Elm Street Elementary School were taking in the information.
Students spent 30 minutes at each property, learning about various aspects of Christmas on P.E.I. 60 years ago.
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