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Area Students to Participate at Colonial Day at the Capitol on February 4

January 25, 2004
OKLAHOMA CITY
-- Nearly 400 fifth-grade students from schools in EDMOND, MIDWEST CITY, MOORE and NORMAN will be traveling back into American history on Friday, Feb. 4, when they participate in Colonial Day at the Capitol. Most events will take place from 9:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Oklahoma State Capitol building.

The students – many dressed in Colonial costume -- will recite the Bill of Rights and participate in a debate between American patriots and British loyalists. They will interact with such historical figures as Ben Franklin, Abigail Adams , Sacagawea and a Continental Army soldier, who are portrayed by professional character interpreters.

During teacher-led sessions, students can play colonial games, practice early American dances, learn about Colonial sayings and make silver trays in the tradition of Paul Revere. They will also learn about education in America’s colonies, hear ghost stories from Williamsburg and test their skills as junior archeologists. In addition, the winner of the 2005 Colonial Day at the Capitol Essay Contest will be announced at the event.

“Colonial Day is an engaging and action-packed day of learning that brings Colonial history to life for Oklahoma students,” said project director Teresa Potter, a fifth-grade teacher at Fisher Elementary School in Moore. “Kids really enjoy visiting the capitol, meeting with character interpreters and participating in all the interactive sessions.”

Elementary schools participating in this year’s Colonial Day are Washington Irving of EDMOND, Cleveland-Bailey of MIDWEST CITY, McKinley of NORMAN; and Fairview and Fisher elementary schools of MOORE.

Colonial Day is coordinated by teachers who have participated in the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute through a fellowship program administered by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

The event is made possible by funding from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and a 2005 state appropriation through the Oklahoma Historical Society. Additional support is provided by Oklahoma City businessman Ed Joullian, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and participating schools.

For information, contact Teresa Potter, Colonial Day project director, at (405) 692-5670.

CONTACT:
Brenda Wheelock,
OFE Communications Director
(405) 236-0006; e-mail bwheelock@ofe.org