Monday, June 21, 2010

L to R: Madison Cleveland and MIkayla Willis students from Leland Christian Academy

DAR Presents Essay Awards

On May 12, 2010 The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution ended a successful year with a tour, meeting and picnic at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson. Awardees, parents and teachers were also in attendance.

Doris N. Thompson, American history chair, presented essay contest awards to Madison Cleveland, sixth grade student and Mikayla Willis, fifth grade student from Leland Christian Academy. Students in fifth through eighth grade were invited to participate in an essay contest, “The Transcontinental Railroad” and asked to describe how they felt on May 10, 1869, when the golden spike was driven at Promontory Summit, Utah to celebrate the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. The students were to pretend that they were either a settler planning to use the train to travel to their new home in the west, an Irish or Chinese worker who helped build the line or a native American whose way of life was greatly affected by the railroad.

Mikayla chose the topic, “A Settler of the 1800’s planning to move to the west to make a better way of life. While, Madison, chose the topic “Her great grandfather as a native American whose life was greatly affected by the transcontinental railroad and how he fought to keep his land that was needed to make way for the railroads.”
by Doris Thompson

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