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Letter: The special event in Port Edwards

The special event in Port Edwards

4:20 PM, May 3, 2013  |  Comments
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On Thursday evening April 18, I went to the Dorothy Alexander Auditorium at the John Edwards High School to listen and watch the fourth-grade students, along with their teacher Ann Pickett, describe their project, "The Rise and Fall of the Port Edwards Mill".

The students had wonderful stage presence, were knowledgeable about the subject, and made their own props. The students were divided into groups of three to interview people who were employed at the mill, prior to the event, edited their interviews with the help of professionals, but asked their own questions and ultimately had all printed in a booklet to sell. It was an enormous effort on their part as this was not in their regular curriculum. After their performance the students were seated at tables to sign the books we all purchased.

I could sense the passion they all had and the feeling of accomplishment as I wandered from table to table getting signatures.

This project happened as a result of Ann Pickett's creativity and grants made possible by the Port Edwards Education Foundation, and the Port Edwards Progress Fund.

Congratulations to the students, Ann Pickett, the editors, and the interviewees who were so gracious to tell their stories. It was a truly worthwhile evening. Proceeds from the booklets will go to help fund technology for the classrooms at the Port Edwards Elementary School in Port Edwards.

Kathy Cronkrite

Port Edwards

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