Schoolhouse visit leaves fond memories
Written by By BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer
Saturday, 03 October 2009 08:14
WCESC presents annual Zimmerman-Loomis awards
Two Bowling Green students were presented the Zimmerman-Loomis Young Historian Award on Tuesday during the Wood County Educational Service Center board meeting.
L.J. Porter and Alexis Kisor were honored for their creative writing regarding their experience at the Zimmerman one-room school last year as third-graders.
The award is a collaborative project of the Wood County Park District and WCESC.
Jason Smith, of WCESC, in presenting the award to L.J. indicated he is the first they recall to write a play to sum up his visit to the school.
During his visit he was a student in Peggy Harmon's class at Kenwood Elementary.
In his play, he wrote dialogue for a narrator and included a laugh track from the sound effects person. Part of his play described the recess of the Oct. 22, 1935 class when the students were outside playing a game of Duck, Duck, Goose. A rusting in the bushes was found to be a vole, while scared the girls.
"All the girls screamed and ran, I just laughed," he wrote from the narrator's perspective.
He also shared the story of the class playing the Farmer in the Dell in great detail about who picked whom for what part.
L.J. also wrote about doing math and having a spelling bee.
Alexis was a student in Wanda Frank's class at Conneaut Elementary when she attended Zimmerman last year.
She described her character of Julia, a 14-year-old student with three brothers and a sister who lived in a log cabin.
Her detail reminded Smith of "Little House on the Prairie" as she told about her family and the things "Ma" and "Pa" did with her and her siblings.
Alexis also noted the lower prices and shorter school year.
She elaborated to show how her current school and Zimmerman were similar and the many differences.
Her favorite part of the experience was "entering the building was like entering a whole new world."
The essay provided by Alexis comprised five pages with each page featuring a decorated border resembling the slate used by children in the one-room schoolhouse.
She also noted their use of McGuffey's Readers in her report.
Pam Menchaca, senior naturalist for the parks district, indicated the transformation to another era or "new world" was really a big part of the experience for all the students.
Both of the award winners were presented an assortment of gifts including a commemorative slate and a small toy like what was used by the children of old. The teachers were also presented by Smith and Menchaca with a small gift of thanks for their cooperation.
Zimmerman awards presented at the Wood County ESC. Senior Naturalist of the Wood County parks district Pam Menchaca (center) with Peggy Harmon, L.J. Porter (Kenwood), Alexis Kisor, and Wanda Frank (Conneaut). (Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
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