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Ironton After School Mall students to portray Colonial Ohio

No television, no computer games, no cars, even. Ironton middle, junior high and senior high school students will demonstrate Saturday what life was like in Ohio in the era between 1620 and 1870.

The Ironton After School Malls will celebrate "Colonial Day" at the middle school Land Lab.

Maxine Lewis, site coordinator for the After School Malls at the junior and senior high schools, said students at all the After School malls have been learning colonial games and crafts, and the daily routine for people who lived and worked in that time period.

"They've been studying 'a day in the life' of eight different people," Lewis said. "They've been studying what life was like for a blacksmith,

a seamstress, a master of a plantation, a servant, a carpenter, the lady of the house, and children, both slave children and children of moderate circumstances."

Students have also been making a quilt to honor the state's bicentennial.

In addition, students have been studying plant and animal life at the Land Lab as part of their after school studies. Under the direction of middle school teacher Alice Brown, the Land Lab provides hands-on natural science experience.

Those who attend the Colonial Day may view River Cane, a plant that was once indigenous to this area in colonial days, but is extinct now. Students recently transplanted River Cane obtained from outside the state through a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The Colonial Day demonstration will be 1-3 p.m. in the land Lab, adjacent to the Ironton Middle School campus.