Rogers Advanced Learning Program, which included students from Rogers, Lincoln and Fletcher Schools, recently performed a Thanksgiving story. With the help of teacher Tiffany MacCullum, students conducted extensive research into the traditionally told Thanksgiving story, as well as authentic research of historical documents and text that told a more realistic version of the first Thanksgiving.
Students took notes from their research and then with minimal assistance wrote a script. They designed the set, costumes and two students worked additional hours at home to make realistic Native American headdresses for the Sachem and Chief. Students also learned a Thanksgiving prayer from the Iroquois people and added rhythmic sections and choral parts to the presentation. They created invitations to give to their teachers, family and friends as well as designed a program, complete with mini autobiographies.
The six-week session met twice a week from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Fourteen students were recommended for outstanding academics and behavior as well as high English language arts and math scores.