History comes to life for Education Day

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CORNWALL, Ontario - History came to life for grade 7 students at Char-Lan and Iona in Williamstown as they portrayed the historical lives of early Loyalist settlers in Canada.

Students learned about the various elements of 'settler life' through a series of stations at the Sir John Johnson Manor House in Williamstown on Friday, May 23 to mark Education Day (May 27) in Ontario.

At the textiles station students learnt about wool and had the chance to try carding some, just like settler children would have.

The shelter station explored the hardships of surviving in a new land, as well as the work that went into building a place to live.

Students were happy to taste bannock and homemade jams at the food and chores station, where they were taught about food preparation and the responsibilities of young settlers.

The recreation and games station had everyone jumping rope and spinning barrel hoops for some good old fashioned fun.

Gun and cannon demonstrations made the military station all the more interesting; here the life of a soldier was displayed.

Finally, children made their way to the old mill site to hear about the saw and grist mills, and the importance they played in creating a community.

Both students and volunteers had a wonderful day discovering the past and learning about the history of Glengarry, the place they call home.

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