By ADRIENNE BISH
Fourth-graders at Dobbins Elementary lived like a pioneer for a day March 21 during Pioneer Day, an event put on every year by parents and fourth-grade teachers Elaine Morlan and Sharyn DiMuzio.
The purpose of Pioneer Day is to show students what it was like to live during that time period.
The students dressed like pioneers and did crafts, square dancing, different pioneer stations and a pioneer suitcase presentation where the Arms Museum showed students pioneer artifacts.
Throughout the morning round-robin stations, students worked at nine different stations, including a butter, breadmaking, silhouettes, sand art, cat’s cradle, games, pioneer school, bear claw necklaces and pomander balls.
Students made three crafts during the event, choosing among metal tooling, double catch it, a needlepoint butterfly, stick barrel bank, a tin punch, rainsticks, rhythm drums, tribal choker necklaces and mosaic tiles.
Fourth-grade students at Dobbins study about pioneers in their social studies classes, said Morlan.
“It’s a great way for them to experience what they are learning about,” said Morlan.
Carmen Lefoer, whose favorite station was making the mosaic, was excited about the event.
“I liked dressing up and I can’t wait to square dance later,” said Lefoer.