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May 22, 2013

Fifth-graders give ‘State Fair’

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She was dressed like Amelia Earhart and Heather cited many things she learned about the woman aviator, but the main point was “Girls can do the same thing as boys. She wanted people to know they could do their own thing and I think that’s really cool.”

Keaton Kitson was dressed ready to hunt the Alaskan wildlife. He said he chose Alaska because he had family members who once lived there.

“I like the northern lights and the wildlife,” he said. “I had no idea there were Indians — Native Americans — living there!”

Keaton said he had the most fun learning about the different animals that make Alaska their home and when asked what animal he’d most like to see he replied, “A grizzly bear!”

Lauren Mikel was anxious to share that she learned Pepsi Cola was invented in New Bern, N.C., and that it’s the home of The Biltmore House. Dressed like a Cherokee, she had samples of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to pass out as the company hails from North Carolina.

The underclassman toured the fair and each received two tickets that they could redeem at a state booth for a favorite food. Every student who shared spoke of how much fun they had doing this project and the fair.

While they were having such a good time, their teachers know they were being graded for reading, social studies and writing and learning important skills like how to research, outline and create a bibliography that will carry them into middle school and beyond.

“They’ve become experts on their states,” Kurtz said.

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