Raft River students show love of history

About 70 or 75 students from Grades 4 and 5 at Raft River Elementary School took part in this year’s Heritage Fair

  • Apr. 25, 2017 7:00 p.m.
(L-r) Judges Hazel Wadlegger and Sandra Holmes check out Reid Muddiman’s display during the annual Heritage Fair at Raft River Elementary School. Muddiman’s display was about the RCMP vessel St. Roche

(L-r) Judges Hazel Wadlegger and Sandra Holmes check out Reid Muddiman’s display during the annual Heritage Fair at Raft River Elementary School. Muddiman’s display was about the RCMP vessel St. Roche

About 70 or 75 students from Grades 4 and 5 at Raft River Elementary School took part in this year’s Heritage Fair, organizers report.

The format for the fair followed the same format as previous years, with students introduced to the concept and starting work on their projects in January.

The participants were encouraged to include different media, such as maps, photos and video, as well as print.

The most important thing was they use a variety of different sources of information.

“Students think they can Google everything,” said one organizer.

They also were judged on a journal they kept plus an interview with the judges.

The displays needed to be about historical, Canadian subjects, but could include recent history.

Community judges were Ken Smith, Hazel Wadlegger, Carol McNeil, Carol Radcliff, Jane Olson, Penny Christensen, Liz Morrison, Gerry Carter, Bonnie Carter, Cheryl Pesicka, Petrina Gregson, Sandra Holmes, and Katrina Link.

Student judges from Clearwater Secondary School were Hanna Wadlegger, Stacia Panko, Cassidy Redman, Savannah Dee, and Emily Giesbrecht.

Heritage Fair is an example of the project-based learning that is becoming a focus at the elementary school.

The top displays at Raft River will go to the District Heritage Fair in Kamloops in May.

From that event there is the possibility of competing in the provincial Heritage Fair.

Inset photo: A bee farm established by his grandmother near Wells Gray Park in the 1930s was the subject of Michael Shook’s display.

Below: Cleo Coates dresses the part as she shows off her display about nurses in World War I.