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Last 'hoorah' with WRE History Club

Twenty-five years ago, Graham came to WRE to share her passion for education with hundreds of students throughout the years. But seven years ago Wetzel Road Elementary reading teacher Nancy Graham started the school's History Club.

June will mark Graham's final month as a teacher, she is retiring after the conclusion of the school year.

When the club began, there were only 10 fifth and sixth grade student members, but the club grew and grew each year, said Graham.

{Q}"It started as a history project," Graham said of the club. "It just pumps me up to teach it."{Q}

In the spirit of history, the club celebrated the end of the year grand finale with a "March Through Time" Thursday May 28. This year's theme gave students a chance to travel through time and experience about 300 year of history. The event was planned to run outside, but a thunderstorm sent the club indoors to the gymnasium, although no fun was spared, Graham said.

Thanks to many volunteers and WRE helpers, the students enjoyed a make-shift time machine and five history re-enactors. Liverpool High School social studies teacher Tom Henry played a Jesuit priest, Ste. Marie teacher Jon Anderson played a French soldier, WRE parent Allison Smith played a Native American, and community members Tyler Anderson and John Pell played Civil War Corporal soldiers.

"I have had some experiences with re-enactors in the past," Graham said. "But it was exciting to see the kids' reactions."

Graham said the historical references and time machine made the students become more involved and interested in the re-enactors. All five re-enactors said they were impressed by the students' excitement and questions they had about the era they each represented.

In past years, the club enjoyed end-of the-year celebrations with themes including "The Roaring 20s and The great Depression," which included a "speak easy" and a bar that served root bear and ginger ale.

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