Projects get students interested in local history
Heritage Community Christian School in Addison recently hosted a Historica Fair, providing students an opportunity to get involved in local history through their projects.
The Historica Fairs program is a national initiative that started in 1993, encouraging students to explore Canadian history in a hands-on learning environment. Students share stories of Canadian heroes, legends, milestones and achievements through a medium of their choice and present their research results at a public exhibition.
Jannie Feenstra, the school’s administrator and kindergarten teacher, says this is the second year they have hosted a Historica Fair.
“It certainly gets kids in touch with history and their own heritage,” says Feenstra.
Although the projects focus on an area of history, students also gain experience in other subjects and creating their presentation boards.
“There are a lot of different aspects to it than just history,” Feenstra says.
Held at the school March 27, all students took part in the Historica Fair. Feenstra says students and families worked on the projects and the school community came together for an opportunity to view the projects and hand out awards.
There were a variety of topics students researched, such as the Group of Seven, a local railway and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Students often end up teaching their parents new local history facts, notes Feenstra.
Grade 4 and 8 students can proceed to the Perth Regional Historica Heritage Fair. The school sent 12 students to the April 22 event, which features workshops. The regional fair has a larger audience and is an opportunity for students to be involved in the greater community, says Feenstra, adding it is also good exposure for the school.
Heritage students did “really well” at the regional, says Feenstra, receiving five of the 31 special awards given out.
Heritage Community Christian School was established in 1960 and is a member of the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS). To learn more about Heritage, visit its website at www.hccs.ca. To learn more about Historica Fairs, visit www.histori.ca.