History lesson brought to life at Normandy

Normandy music teacher Mrs. Nicole Barrick leads students in "Oh, Susannah," complete with xylophone, washboard and harmonica, as part of the school's Presidents Day event.

Normandy Elementary School in Bay Village was buzzing with excitement as our school celebrated Presidents Day with a special program on Feb. 13, arranged by Normandy's History Committee and Principal Dan Sebring.

A troupe of "living historians" from Northeast Ohio visited us to bring to life the presidents and first ladies that the students have been studying since Feb. 3. Our local American Legion led the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem and then Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, James Garfield and William Taft, and first ladies Mary Todd Lincoln, Lucretia Garfield and Eleanor Roosevelt were introduced on stage and entertained by students.

A selection of songs and dance from times past in our nation's history were led by music teacher Nicole Barrick. Our guests then met with smaller groups "up close" in their classrooms, telling stories and answering questions. With the guidance of the Normandy History Committee, a giant timeline had been prepared by all the classes and displayed around the walls of the all-purpose room, leading up to the big day.

Thanks to those teachers who helped plan the event, the Bay Village Education Foundation for supporting it, and especially to our guests who were fantastic and made learning about our country's history a day the kids will always remember!

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 9:18 AM, 02.18.2014