AIMING TO TEACH GEORGIA HISTORY; Elementary Spends Day Living the Past St. Simons Students Learn about Everything from Making Cookies to Old-Fashioned Toothbrushes

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Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union

ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- There were guns at Oglethorpe Point Elementary School on Friday, but they were old muskets used to teach during the school's annual observance of Georgia History Day.

The students armed themselves with muskets cut from boards and went through a loading and firing drill with Gerry Allen, an interpretive ranger at nearby Fort Frederica National Monument. Allen wore the red coat and white britches like those worn by colonial British soldiers.

All the history classes were fun, and some were even tasty.

The children rolled dough into cookies, being careful to keep them the size of a walnut. Although admonished not to, some with too much dough ate the excess.

With the rolling done, the students ate the baked results: traditional sugar cookies.

There was also some frustration in the needlework class as students didn't have time to get it right.

With the benefit of adult patience, instructor Barbare Baethke of the Fiber Arts Guild assured everyone they were doing well with the complicated process.

"You can't learn everything in 30 minutes,'' Baethke said.

Celeste Larson got the hang of it and announced triumphantly, "I'm doing it. It's fun.''

Brunswick Mayor Brad Brown donned the uniform of a Confederate soldier and told the students about the Civil War uniform and equipment, some of which they found amusing. …

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