Cope Middle School students go back in time for Pioneer Days

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iecn photo/ yazmin alvarez Students at Cope Middle learned the ways of the Old West during Pioneer Days Feb. 21. Johnnycakes were made for students to enjoy.
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From panning for gold to whipping up a stack of Johnnycakes, students at Cope Middle School in Redlands recently took a trip back in time for a lesson in history.

Pioneer Days, an educational activity spearheaded by Cope’s eighth-grade U.S. History teacher John Stevens, brought history to life for students Feb. 21 when Oak Glen’s Stone Soup Farm’s Farm to School Program led Old West-inspired activities to help students visualize a current lesson taught in U.S. History teacher’s John Stevens five classes.

“The students really enjoy the hands-on learning experience of what it was like in the pioneer days,” Stevens said.

As part of the day’s events, eighth-graders cooked up Johnnycakes from cornmeal and milk batter, made campfire coffee, panned for gold, took up archery and danced around to classic tunes played on the washboard.

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“This really does bring history to life and puts them right in it,” said Stevens about the events. “It’s a great way for them to learn through experience.”

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Students at Cope Middle School got a hands-on lesson from the Old West during Pioneer Days Feb. 21. U.S. History teacher John Stevens.

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