Wednesday, August 24, 2011
People watched a teacher and students re-enact what a day in a one-room schoolhouse at Sunday's ice cream social.
Sunday's ice cream social at the Weber-Blaess One-Room Schoolhouse featured many events and activities that harkened back to the roots of public education in the Saline area. Activities featured old fashioned games and activities as well as a bucket brigade demonstration for kids. But perhaps the vivid retelling of this community's history came inside the Weber-Blaess schoolhouse, where Saline Area Schools Cultural Arts Specialist Rebecca Groeb-Driskill and a group of theater students re-enacted life in an old rural school. The troop put on three showings for the audiences in the tiny schoolhouse. During the lesson, they read from authentic McGuffy Readers, participated in a spelling bee, answered math questions, recited poetry, and were …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
With the classes just around the corner, hundreds of people visited the Weber Blaess One Room Schoolhouse to learn what school was once like.
With the start of classes just a couple weeks into the future, people took a trip back in time Sunday for the Weber Blaess One Room Schoolhouse ice cream social. The biannual educational event is a fundraiser for the Saline Area Schools Historic Preservation Foundation. Families gathered for a full range of activities including school house re-enactments, turn of the century games like graces, hopscotch, hoops, stilts and checkers, a croquet tournament, live entertainment, watermelon seed spitting contest, sing-a-long, and fire brigade for kids. Artists were on hand with their historical paintings, and there were arts and crafts for children as well. Connnor Wall, a Saline fifth grader, visited the school house with his mom Arlene. “It’s …
A group of kids, under the direction of Fire Chief Craig Hoeft, lined up and formed a bucket brigade to put out an imaginary fire at the Weber Blaess Ice Cream Social Sunday.
There were many activities and demonstrations at Sunday's Weber Blaess One Room Schoolhouse Ice Cream Social. This brief video features a group of children forming a bucket brigade to put out "a fire." The kids were led by Saline Area Fire Department Chief Craig Hoeft, who explained how towns like Saline responded to fires in the old days. "Back then, if your neighbor's house was on fire, you'd run to the town bell and ring it. Everyone in town would wake up and rush to help put out the fire," Hoeft said.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
There is no charge to attend Sunday's one-room school house event, which features old-fashion teaching demonstrations, a firefighters' bucket brigade, games and more.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
From the moment one steps through the white board fence surrounding the Weber Blaess one-room school, you can enjoy homemade ice cream with a variety of toppings as ladies with white gloves and parasols leisurely stroll the grounds from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Saline Firefighters will grill hot dogs will also be served. Musical entertainment and a sing-along will join the festivities as this fundraising event will be hosted by the Saline Area Schools Historic Preservation Foundation and also provides an opportunity for young and old to experience turn of the century life. The fundraiser includes many events, activities and demonstrations. Classroom reenactments of a typical day in a one-room school will give insight into what the school day was …