Adventist Christian School pupils learn through 'living history' lesson
The students at Adventist Christian School and Koinonia for Kids took their guests on a little journey to the past on Wednesday evening, as they presented their annual learning exhibition, dinner and graduation ceremony.
The learning exhibition, which featured both Adventist Christian School students in grades K-8 and Koinonia (home-schooled) students in grades K-12, was focused on the theme, "Springtime in the South."
Many of the exhibits featured students in period costumes, acting out the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Maia Angelou, Clara Barton, Helen Keller and more. An authentic southern meal featuring delicacies such as black-eyed peas and pecan pie squares was served.
A few exhibitors also focused on more contemporary themes, such as Jason Aakre, who dressed as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, complete with his own tool belt.
Connie Lund, lead teacher and principal at Adventist Christian School, said the exhibits were centered on what the students had learned during their thematic learning sessions, held every Wednesday during the school year. (Wednesdays are when area home-schooled students join the enrolled Adventist Christian School students for Koinonia).
This year's themes were centered around African and African-American culture, the joys and hardships they experienced as they fought to earn freedom from slavery, the start of the civil rights movement, and more.
"I wanted the children to really understand these people and what they went through, their struggles and hardships," Lund said.
"We try to really live the topic," she explained. The art projects they do, the songs they sing, the books they read are all geared toward helping the students relate to what they're studying, so it "comes alive."
The school is located adjacent to the Seventh Day Adventist Christian Church on Richwood Road in Detroit Lakes. Though it is Christian-themed, it is not exclusive to church members.
"The school is open to any child," said Lund. In addition to its eight full-time students, the 20-24 home-schooled students who come to Adventist Christian School on Wednesdays for Koinonia are from communities including Park Rapids, Thief River Falls and Valley City as well as Detroit Lakes, she added.
Though she serves as the school's lead teacher as well as principal, Lund said she couldn't do it without the help of her fellow teachers and volunteers.
"It's a teamwork thing," she added.
Though Adventist Christian School ended its 2005-06 school year on Thursday, just as the public school did, those interested in enrolling their children for the 2006 fall semester should contact Lund at 218-846-9764.