Ellerslie Elementary brings back Heritage Day

Eric McCarthy newsroom@journalpioneer.com
Published on March 12, 2014

ELLERSLIE -- Ellerslie Elementary School students learned lots about P.E.I., Canada and history on Wednesday and none of them needed to pick up a pencil.

Some did, however, try their hand at writing with an old-fashioned fountain pen, from a display historian Tom LeClair brought along.

For the first time in more than a decade, the school hosted a heritage day, inviting community members in to the classrooms to talk about events and activities of the past.

Students were introduced to the art of basket-making, the decorated shortbread cookies and were exposed to the craft of crazy rag quilting.

In all, nine display stations were set up throughout the school, and every class, on rotation, got to visit seven of the stations for 20-minute sessions.

The sessions proved so interesting that students demonstrated no rush to get outside when the recess and noontime bells rang, for there was still so much more to see, so much more to learn about things of yesteryear.

One of the Fathers of Confederation even paid a visit.

Teachers Barb Newcombe and Janet Doran teamed up to help bring back Heritage Day, an event once held regularly at the school.

“It’s a day I think they are going to continue to look forward to,” said Newcombe, confident another decade will not pass before Heritage Day is repeated.

The school holds an annual Heritage Fair; that will be held April 10, this year, an opportunity for students to show what they’ve learned about a certain topic, but March 12 was an opportunity for students to sit and listen to stories about lighthouses, confederation and artifacts, and, in some cases, get hands-on exposure to activities like basket-weaving and sending telegraph messages. Music and heritage games were among the featured activities of the full day of demonstrations.