The Central School Hike Through History Celebrates the 25th Anniversary
“A River Runs Through Us”
May 30, 2019
For this very special Hike and celebration, students, staff and community volunteers from Central School, Marshwood Middle School, Historic New England and Old Berwick Historical Society have collaborated to create an exciting innovative plan to celebrate this milestone. Vaughan Woods State Park and the Hamilton House on the Salmon Falls River will provide the historically significant sites for this year’s Hike. For 24 years, students, families and community members have greatly enjoyed hiking through the town of South Berwick.
This year, students from Central School, Marshwood Middle School, Eliot Elementary School, and Rollinsford Elementary School will join families, community members and special guests to participate in Hike activities at Vaughan Woods State Park and the Hamilton House.
Hikers will visit new theme-based student-led learning stops. Marshwood Middle School and Central School students have worked in groups with staff members and expert mentors to research and then created authentic and engaging hands-on historic experiences at these stops. One unique aspect of this special 25th anniversary celebration will be the amount of time student hikers will spend at each site – a half hour, in which they will more fully experience the depth of learning (as well as entertainment) at each stop. Content will focus on 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 will feature music, poetry, art and orienteering. A specially designed Pre-K Hike will lead the youngest Hikers on a “Farmer Will” story walk based on the book written and illustrated by local author Jane Cowen Fletcher. Along this story walk children will visit live sheep and chickens, always a student favorite.
Hikers and community members will join Sammie Haynes in singing a lively new song she has written for this celebration, to be held during the concluding ceremony at the Hike’s end. Special guests, Hike creators and many former Hike participants will all be honored.
The success of each Hike depends on the support of the MSAD School district and the well-designed and thoughtful collaboration of students, staff and community volunteers from Central School, Marshwood Middle School, Historic New England and Old Berwick Historical Society. A generous 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.
The 25th “A River Runs Through Us” Hike will begin at Vaughan Woods and the Hamilton House at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 30. Rain date (Monday June 3) to be announced if weather so dictates. Please plan to join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn more of our area’s centuries old history, presented for your enjoyment by our own MSAD35 students!