Students attend ‘Civil War Fair’


At Foster Park Elementary School

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times Retired third grade teacher Robbie Gault takes Foster Park Elementary School third grade students on a “Tour of Charleston” as part of Monday’s “Civil War Fair.” South Carolina education standards require third grade students to learn about the Civil War, and the Civil War Fair at FPES was designed to help the school’s third graders learn about the subject in an engaging and exciting manner. Students rotated between four classrooms throughout the morning learning about different aspects of the Civil War era.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Dressed in period attire, Union County Museum Director Ola Jean Kelly demonstrates to third grade students at Foster Park Elementary School how to play with “Jacob’s Ladder,” a toy children would have played with during the Civil War. The demonstration was part of the “Civil War Artifacts” rotation of Monday’s “Civil War Fair” at FPES. South Carolina education standards require third grade students to learn about the Civil War, and the Civil War Fair at FPES was designed to help the school’s third graders learn about the subject in an engaging and exciting manner. Students rotated between four classrooms throughout the morning learning about different aspects of the Civil War era.


Charles Warner | The Union Times These are among the “Civil War Artifacts” presented during the “Civil War Fair” at Foster Park Elementary School Monday morning. The Civil War Fair was designed for the school’s third grade students who rotated between classes learning about different aspects of the Civil War. South Carolina educational standards require third grade students to learn about the Civil War and Monday’s Civil War Fair was designed to help the third students at FPES do so.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Union County School District Curriculum Coach Rhonda Hollingsworth shows Foster Park Elementary School third grade students a photo from the Civil War as part of “Graffiti Soldiers.” FPES held a “Civil War Fair” on Monday as part of its efforts to comply with South Carolina educational standards requiring third grade students to learn about the Civil War. During the fair, students rotated between for classrooms learning about different aspects of the Civil War, including graffiti left by both Confederate and Union soldiers.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Taylor Atkinson of the Union County Carnegie Library reads from a book about Abraham Lincoln to third grade students at Foster Park Elementary School. Atkinson was reading the book as part of the “Civil War Read-Aloud” rotation of the “Civil War Fair” held Monday at FPES. Third grade students rotated between four classrooms for presentations on some of the various aspects of the Civil War. The school held the Civil War Fair as as part of its efforts to comply with South Carolina educational standards requiring third grade students to learn about the Civil War.


UNION — Toys children played with, graffiti left behind by soldiers of both sides in Virginia, a tour of a South Carolina city and the prominent role it played, and stories read aloud about the people and events of the era were all part of Monday’s “Civil War Fair” at Foster Park Elementary School.

For much of Monday morning, third grade students at Foster Park Elementary School rotated between classrooms for presentations on some of the various aspects of the Civil War. The program was designed to help students learn about the Civil War in keeping with state educational standards.

“South Carolina standards requires third grade students to learn about the Civil War,” Union County School District Curriculum Coach Rhonda Hollingsworth said Tuesday. “We wanted this to be some very engaging activities for the students. We wanted to bring history to life for them, we wanted to make it exciting for them.”

To do that, Hollingsworth said FPES held a “Civil War Fair” involving rotations of all third grade students between four classrooms throughout the morning.

A Tour Of Charleston

“We set up four rotations, each focusing on a different aspect of the war,” Hollingsworth said. “Robbie Gault took the students on ‘A Tour of Charleston’ through her presentation. She is a retired third grade teacher and is very knowledgeable about Charleston landmarks, the city’s history, and the role it played in the Civil War.”

Civil War Artifacts

Another of the rotations involved presenters dressed in period attire doing a presentation on artifacts of the Civil War era including children’s toys.

“(Union County Museum Director) Ola Jean Kelly and William Sprouse dressed in period costumes and shared artifacts from that period,” Hollingsworth said. “They also taught about some of the games children would have played during that time.”

Graffiti Soldiers

The third rotation was on Civil War graffiti and was presented by Hollingsworth herself.

“We studied the graffiti the Civil War soldiers left at Brandy Station and Blenheim House in Virginia,” Hollingsworth said. “This helps student understand the perspectives of the individuals soldiers during the war.”

Civil War Read-Aloud

The final rotation involved the reading aloud of books about the Civil War and for this rotation the school got some help from the Union County Carnegie Library.

“Taylor Atkinson from Carnegie’s rotation featured read aloud of books that focused on the people and events of the time,” Hollingsworth said.

The response to the program, both from students and teachers was positive.

“The students loved it and the teachers want to do it again next year,” Hollingsworth said.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Retired third grade teacher Robbie Gault takes Foster Park Elementary School third grade students on a “Tour of Charleston” as part of Monday’s “Civil War Fair.” South Carolina education standards require third grade students to learn about the Civil War, and the Civil War Fair at FPES was designed to help the school’s third graders learn about the subject in an engaging and exciting manner. Students rotated between four classrooms throughout the morning learning about different aspects of the Civil War era.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0910.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Retired third grade teacher Robbie Gault takes Foster Park Elementary School third grade students on a “Tour of Charleston” as part of Monday’s “Civil War Fair.” South Carolina education standards require third grade students to learn about the Civil War, and the Civil War Fair at FPES was designed to help the school’s third graders learn about the subject in an engaging and exciting manner. Students rotated between four classrooms throughout the morning learning about different aspects of the Civil War era.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Dressed in period attire, Union County Museum Director Ola Jean Kelly demonstrates to third grade students at Foster Park Elementary School how to play with “Jacob’s Ladder,” a toy children would have played with during the Civil War. The demonstration was part of the “Civil War Artifacts” rotation of Monday’s “Civil War Fair” at FPES. South Carolina education standards require third grade students to learn about the Civil War, and the Civil War Fair at FPES was designed to help the school’s third graders learn about the subject in an engaging and exciting manner. Students rotated between four classrooms throughout the morning learning about different aspects of the Civil War era.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0917.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Dressed in period attire, Union County Museum Director Ola Jean Kelly demonstrates to third grade students at Foster Park Elementary School how to play with “Jacob’s Ladder,” a toy children would have played with during the Civil War. The demonstration was part of the “Civil War Artifacts” rotation of Monday’s “Civil War Fair” at FPES. South Carolina education standards require third grade students to learn about the Civil War, and the Civil War Fair at FPES was designed to help the school’s third graders learn about the subject in an engaging and exciting manner. Students rotated between four classrooms throughout the morning learning about different aspects of the Civil War era.

Charles Warner | The Union Times These are among the “Civil War Artifacts” presented during the “Civil War Fair” at Foster Park Elementary School Monday morning. The Civil War Fair was designed for the school’s third grade students who rotated between classes learning about different aspects of the Civil War. South Carolina educational standards require third grade students to learn about the Civil War and Monday’s Civil War Fair was designed to help the third students at FPES do so.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0918.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times These are among the “Civil War Artifacts” presented during the “Civil War Fair” at Foster Park Elementary School Monday morning. The Civil War Fair was designed for the school’s third grade students who rotated between classes learning about different aspects of the Civil War. South Carolina educational standards require third grade students to learn about the Civil War and Monday’s Civil War Fair was designed to help the third students at FPES do so.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Union County School District Curriculum Coach Rhonda Hollingsworth shows Foster Park Elementary School third grade students a photo from the Civil War as part of “Graffiti Soldiers.” FPES held a “Civil War Fair” on Monday as part of its efforts to comply with South Carolina educational standards requiring third grade students to learn about the Civil War. During the fair, students rotated between for classrooms learning about different aspects of the Civil War, including graffiti left by both Confederate and Union soldiers.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0919.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Union County School District Curriculum Coach Rhonda Hollingsworth shows Foster Park Elementary School third grade students a photo from the Civil War as part of “Graffiti Soldiers.” FPES held a “Civil War Fair” on Monday as part of its efforts to comply with South Carolina educational standards requiring third grade students to learn about the Civil War. During the fair, students rotated between for classrooms learning about different aspects of the Civil War, including graffiti left by both Confederate and Union soldiers.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Taylor Atkinson of the Union County Carnegie Library reads from a book about Abraham Lincoln to third grade students at Foster Park Elementary School. Atkinson was reading the book as part of the “Civil War Read-Aloud” rotation of the “Civil War Fair” held Monday at FPES. Third grade students rotated between four classrooms for presentations on some of the various aspects of the Civil War. The school held the Civil War Fair as as part of its efforts to comply with South Carolina educational standards requiring third grade students to learn about the Civil War.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0913.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Taylor Atkinson of the Union County Carnegie Library reads from a book about Abraham Lincoln to third grade students at Foster Park Elementary School. Atkinson was reading the book as part of the “Civil War Read-Aloud” rotation of the “Civil War Fair” held Monday at FPES. Third grade students rotated between four classrooms for presentations on some of the various aspects of the Civil War. The school held the Civil War Fair as as part of its efforts to comply with South Carolina educational standards requiring third grade students to learn about the Civil War.
At Foster Park Elementary School

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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