So. Berwick’s Hike Through History celebrates 25th anniversary

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So. Berwick’s Hike Through History celebrates 25th anniversary

May 30, 2019

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Students, staff and community volunteers from Central School, Marshwood Middle School, Historic New England and Old Berwick Historical Society collaborated Thursday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hike Through History program.

Vaughan Woods State Park and the Hamilton House on the Salmon Falls River provided the historically significant sites for this year’s hike.

During this 25th anniversary celebration, students from Central, Marshwood Middle, Eliot Elementary and Rollinsford Elementary schools joined families, community members and special guests to participate in Hike Through History activities.

Hikers visited new theme-based, student-led learning stops. Marshwood Middle School and Central School students worked in groups with staff members and expert mentors to research and then create authentic and engaging hands-on historic experiences at these stops.

One unique aspect of the 25th anniversary celebration was the time student hikers spent at each site – a half-hour, giving them time to more fully experience the depth of learning (as well as entertainment) at each stop. Content focused on themes of Native Americans and the Land, Shipbuilding on the River, Goodwin’s Farming on the River, Scottish Settlers, the Life of Jonathan Hamilton, and Elise Tyson and Sarah Orne Jewett. Other stops featured music, poetry, art and orienteering. A specially designed Pre-K Hike led the youngest hikers on a “Farmer Will” story walk based on the book written and illustrated by local author Jane Cowen Fletcher. Children visited live sheep and chickens, always a student favorite.

Hikers and community members joined Sammie Haynes in singing a lively new song she wrote for the celebration.

The success of each hike depends on the support of the SAD 35 district and the collaboration of students, staff and community volunteers. A grant from the Marshwood Education Foundation made it possible for students and staff members to work with expert mentors throughout the planning process and during the hike. This grant also provided funds for artifacts, materials and reproductions used at hike stops.

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