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Dawson-Bryant gifted students explore frontier life

COAL GROVE — Students in the gifted class at Dawson-Bryant Elementary have been studying frontier figures for the past two months and, on Wednesday, the footsteps of Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton and Tecumseh became the backdrop as they brought their classroom to life in Winchester, Kentucky.

About 31 students in third through fifth grades traveled to the Lower Howard Nature Preserve and hiked along the same trials these historical figures traveled in the late 1700s, Katie Hamm, gifted teacher at the school, said.

From there, they traveled to Fort Boonesborough in Richmond, Kentucky, where volunteers portrayed the lives of 18th century settlers.

The park features a recreation of the fort, built by Boone, which contains cabins, bunkhouses and furnishings.

“We’ve been studying these characters for two months,” Hamm said. “And the students got to see candle making, weaving and ax throwing. They had a fabulous time.”

Hamm said the studies were part of the class’s community and cultural experience curriculum.

She said they finished the day trip with a meal at Cracker Barrel.

“The students would like to extend thanks to the tour guides, volunteers and administrators that contributed to their day of learning,” Hamm said.