Parent Deb Dean shows third graders Grace Goins, center, and Gabriela Marsh how to churn butter during Pioneer Day at Lake Forest Elementary. Photo by Julie Samrick

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Students live like pioneers for a day

By From page A1 | May 22, 2013

Lake Forest continued its annual tradition of holding Pioneer Day for its third and fourth graders last Thursday. It’s a day set aside to remember the region’s rich history as students travel back in time.

With the help of many parents and teachers, Principal Bruce Peters arranges the day each year, calling on experts in the region — a wool spinner from Placerville, a blacksmith from Coloma and more.

Students were encouraged to dress in period clothing: cowboy or coon caps for boys and bonnets and long dresses with aprons for girls. They visited different stations throughout the day, including gold panning, a medicine shop and a general store. They also churned butter, square danced, cored apples and played field games like tug o’ war.

Julie Samrick

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