Cooleemee students learn local history

Published 1:18 pm Thursday, May 23, 2019

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By KC Smith

Cooleemee Correspondent

A big thank you goes to the volunteers of the Cooleemee Historical Association  for educating students from Cooleemee School about economies over the years. Volunteers are Bonnie Byerly, Susan Wall, Sandra Ferrell, Candace Head, Randi Harris, Tony Steele and Sherri Hendrix.

With the heavy rains earlier in the week, the mud forced the class to set up under the Woodson Foundation Shelter at RiverPark which was perfect.

The teachings were full and complete including questions to the students to make sure of understanding.

Men getting higher wages than women created a stir among the female students, who said “That’s not fair.”

Having hands-on teachings help the students absorb the information better.  Arrowheads, pottery, bones of animals, fur, and a big catfish brings it all into reality.

Getting a small pouch of ground corn meal to take home are things they can talk about with their parents along with the bartered apple, peanuts and the items they bought from the company store.

These events help students look back in history and learn how life was in Cooleemee a long time ago.  What a great addition to the child’s school year to have these special events offered.