"Educating our youth on the founding of our Country rocks!"
Living History Classroom Presenters
The men in the photograph received award-recognition at the 2017 Pacific District Conference. (L to R, standing): Conrad Plyler, Larry Flint, Stan Wills, Gale Palmer, Art Dolan, Dale Ryan, Fred Gilbert, Kelly Shultz, and Neal Van Houten. (L to R, sitting): Al Pinkham, Craig Lawson, Gregory Lucas, and Bob O'Neal.
After our school presentations, we ask the 5th graders to write an essay on our presentation and then we present the top three winners with a “Young Patriot Writers Certificate.” We’ve been doing this at Poulsbo Elementary for six years.
It is a duty and a privilege to teach the next generation of Americans about the manner in which our country was founded. Many of our members who participate in making this happen are former teachers who are comfortable in a classroom, and who are able to inspire the kids to embark on a lifetime of learning. Equally important, these teachers are skilled in navigating the bureaucracy of our education system and stepping over hurdles that would keep the rest of us at home wondering what to do next.
When they arrive in the classroom, these SAR teachers are dressed in period clothing and carrying a treasure-trunk full of everyday items that were used during the Colonial days. The students are able to touch and feel these objects, and marvel at the simplicity of life that was enjoyed by our ancestors. They learn, for instance, what was involved in making a fire or brushing their teeth. They also learn how candles were made, and what was involved in washing their laundry. Frequently, at the end of the presentation, there will be a brief period where the children are able to reflect back on what they learned.
The SAR is always looking for former teachers. If you are a teacher and you are reading this now, we encourage you to join with us in our mission to reach out to future generations of young Americans. Don't waste the skills you have acquired over many years. Join the SAR, and become an SAR "classroom presenter." YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!