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North Schuylkill School District
ELWOOD WENT TO VISIT NORTH SCHUYLKILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN
ASHLAND, PENNSYLVANIA
During the month of October, I had the opportunity to visit fifth grade at North Schuylkill Elementary School in the North Schuylkill School District. North Schuylkill Elementary School is located in Ashland, Pennsylvania. It is only three years old! It was formed by the combination of Ashland Elementary School and Frackville Elementary School. This year students from Ringtown Elementary School came to North Schuylkill Elementary School. I got to know the 158 students in fifth grade. I enjoyed my visit with them! The North Schuylkill School District is located about two and a half hours northeast of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We are in the heart of the Anthracite Coal Region. You can learn more about North Schuylkill Elementary by going to http://www.northschuylkill.net/.
WHILE VISITING NORTH SCHUYLKILL ELEMENTARY, I PARTICIPATED IN MANY ACTIVITIES. ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2009 I TRAVELED WITH FIFTH GRADE TO THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO. I SAW A LOT OF DIFFERENT ANIMALS. MY FAVORITES WERE THE PEACOCKS THAT WANDERED AROUND THE ZOO. I ALSO LIKED THE CAMELS. YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THE TIGERS AND LIONS AT BIG CAT FALLS AND THE GORILLAS AT THE PRIMATE CENTER. THEY WERE REALLY COOL! THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO IS A MUST SEE.
ALSO DURING MY VISIT, I WAS ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN BRAINSHAW MANIA ON OCTOBER 16. THE P.T.O. AT NORTH SCHUYLKILL ELEMENTARY DOES A LOT OF GREAT THINGS FOR THE STUDENTS THERE. BRAINSHOW MANIA IS ONE OF THEM. IT IS LIKE A GAME SHOW THAT YOU WILL SEE ON TV! THREE DIFFERENT GROUPS OF KIDS GO UP TO THE PODIUMS AND BUZZ IN TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT HISTORY, SCIENCE, MATH, ENGLISH AND SPORTS.
WHEN GROUPS ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS CORRECTLY, THEY HAD TO DO SOME CRAZY DANCES TO RECEIVE ALL OF THE POINTS! SOME OF THE QUESTIONS WERE REALLY TOUGH, BUT I WON A MEDAL!
Since North Schuylkill Elementary is located in the Anthracite Coal Region, they celebrate Anthracite Heritage Week every year. I learned that Anthracite Coal was formed millions of years ago from the decaying plant matter that was placed under great pressure. I learned that there are four kinds of coal—peat, lignite, bituminous, and anthracite. Anthracite coal is the hardest of the four kinds of coal. In Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, anthracite coal is mined two ways. There are surface or strip mines here, and there are deep underground mines. I also learned that many of the grandparents, great-grandparents, and great, great grandparents of the students here came from countries in Europe to work in the mines of Schuylkill County. On October 21, Van Wagner came to North Schuylkill Elementary to teach us more about the coal region of Pennsylvania. You can learn more about him at Mr. Wagner was dressed as a coal miner. He showed us the tools that were used in the mines years ago. We learned that life was very hard for miners and their families. Many miners were hurt and some died working in mines. Mr. Wagner taught us a song called “Fire in the Hole.” The song was taught us how the miners would use black powder and later dynamite to blast in the underground mines. To warn the other miners that an explosion was going to happen, the miners would yell “Fire in the Hole.” I learned a lot about the science and history related to coal when I visited North Schuylkill Elementary!
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