Hilltop third-graders walk and learn history

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Third-grade students at Hilltop Elementary School in Alexis Novotny’s class stopped at the War Vets Museum to peruse the historical artifacts during the school’s annual Canfield History Walking Tour.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Hilltop Elementary School third-grade students in Alexis Novotny’s class checked out the historical pieces at the War Vets Museum during the school’s annual Canfield History Walking Tour on June 1.



Third-grader students at Hilltop Elementary School got a hands-on lesson in Canfield history during their Canfield History Walking Tour, visiting several historical sites and buildings on the village green and surrounding areas during the day-long tour on June 1.

Scheduled stops on the tour included Ruggles-Coope House, Old Courthouse, Christian Church, Odd Fellows Hall, Methodist Church, the Green and bandstand, Farmers National Bank, Mahoning Dispatch, Township Hall, War Vets Museum, Canfield Historical Society’s Bond House, Presbyterian Church, Christian Church, Village Cemetery, Canfield Village Middle School, Old Turner School, WPA Building and the Old Texaco Station.

The third-grade teachers relayed the history of the locations to the students, highlighting the Ohio Historical Markers at the sites. The students received tours of the Mahoning Dispatch, Bond House, War Vets Museum and David Goddard’s house with presentations from volunteers at those buildings.

Alexis Novotny’s third-grade class was greeted by Doug Speece, president of the War Vets Museum, greeted the students at the museum. During their stop, Novotny’s third-grade class was able to walk through the three-floor building, discovering all the artifacts and history the building has to offer, including the large train display in the basement.

To refuel about half-way through their tour, the students enjoyed a brown bag lunch on the green. The Hilltop Elementary PTO provided bottled water for the students during the tour and provided popsicles when the students returned to the school after their tour.

This year marked the eighth year of the tour, which was originally created by Hilltop Elementary School third-grade teacher Jenny Beil and C.H. Campbell third-grade teachers Marian Bailey and Heidi Snyder. The teachers researched the historical stops to correlate with third-grade content standards, which includes learning about your local community.

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