More than 200 second-graders from Baldwinsville, Oswego, Phoenix and Granby spent a bright, sunny day at Elden Elementary School June 5 for a country fair.
The fair was a culmination of living history lessons that Chris Sharkey of Oswego and Pat Musengo, a retired teacher from the Baldwinsville Central School District, had presented all year at the schools.
During the course of the school year, the second-graders had been corresponding with each other as pen pals as they learned about American history topics including communication, travel and education from the 1600s to the 1900s. The pen pals met for the first time at the country fair to share history projects they created and to enjoy a picnic. Students wrapped up the day playing old-fashioned games such as marbles and hopscotch.
Abigail Scherfling, a student at Elden Elementary School, tries walking on stilts with the help of her mother, Erin, who was volunteering at the school's country fair.