Archive for Wednesday, February 7, 2001

Vinland students create coloring book

February 7, 2001

The Vinland community has a colorful past now it can literally be colored with crayons.

First and third grade students at Vinland Elementary School recently completed "Vinland's Colorful Past," a historical coloring book.

The coloring book has sketches and photographs of local historical sites, as well as a sentence or two about the historical significance of each site. Coloring books are available to the public at the school for $6.

"We went to almost all of the sites, and the students came back and drew what they imagined the site once looked like," said Vinland teacher Alica Thomas. "I think the parents will be surprised about how much kids absorbed in this project."

Landon Hay, a first-grader, helped draw Dow Cemetery, but his favorite site is Black Jack park.

"I haven't colored in my book yet, but I'm going to," said Hay, who eagerly admitted he likes history.

Sites in the coloring book include: the Coal Creek Library, the oldest library in Kansas; Grange Hall, it was also a barbershop, school, bank and a store; Dow Cemetery, Charles Dow was the first victim of the Civil War; Barnes Apple Barn, the oldest barn in Douglas County.

"The book is an everyday reminder of the roots of Vinland," Thomas said.

Profits from the sale of the coloring book will go toward the purchase of new playground equipment for the school. To complement the history the coloring book offers, the school is considering adding a "covered wagon" to the playground.

However, researching Vinland history is not new to the students, said first-grade teacher Loretta Verhaeghe. Throughout the year, the school focuses on local history and ties it all together during Founders' Day, which is the third Tuesday in May. This year's Founders' Day is on May 15, with activities planned all day. The public is welcome to attend.

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