Summer takes shape at the Independence School

Belen Ward
bward@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/6/21

For the South Platte Valley Historical Society’s Independence School, learning about history and living it tend to be the same thing. “It’s my fourth year teaching, and I can do this until I …

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Summer takes shape at the Independence School

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For the South Platte Valley Historical Society’s Independence School, learning about history and living it tend to be the same thing.

“It’s my fourth year teaching, and I can do this until I die! I get excited about teaching history,” said LaVon Watson with SPVHS.

The Independence School has been teaching generations of children since the Fort Lupton Fort was established in the 1800s. South Platte Valley Historical Society is continuing the tradition of offering summer school classes meant to teach the next generations of children about history in an 1800s classroom and schoolhouse. Also, staff supplies the 1800s clothing that children wore back in the day.

LaVon teaches with the original McGuffey primer textbook series, an early education teacher’s guide by William Holmes McGuffey. He was a 19th-century educator and preacher. Courses are available in Colorado history, reading, math and also cursive.The students also create crafts and have an Indian Day, where the kids can sit in a teepee tent with Lakota Sioux, American Indian Martin Knifechief dressed in his native culture. Knifechief also tells stories of history.

The sessions are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost per session is $60. The present session ended July 7. Organizers said more may be scheduled in the future. Eligible students must have completed first through eighth grade.

To register visit www.spvhs.org, for the flyer and registration form, or call LaVon Watson at 720-273-3609.

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