Eighth Graders Discover Territorial Arkansas
By Caitlin Waddell, Eighth Grade Reporter

On Thursday, October 4, the Sloan-Hendrix eighth grade class traveled to the Ozark Folk Center and Blanchard Springs Caverns.  This trip was in conjunction of their completed study of the Territorial Arkansas Theme Unit.  Upon arriving in Mountain View at the Ozark Folk Center, the students observed many exhibits and demonstrations that showed them how life really was in Territorial Arkansas and how much life has changed for Arkansans.  According to Colby Johnson, “The Folk Center is great.  I especially enjoyed the gun shop and the glass maker.”  “I thought the candle making demonstration was really cool,” added Aley Thielemier.  Makenzie Rone said, “By watching the demonstrations at the Folk Center, it became much clearer to me how people lived in early Arkansas.”  After exploring the Folk Center, the class enjoyed lunch at Pizza Den of Mountain View and then journeyed to Blanchard Springs.  The students made many discoveries and observed many interesting sights along the Discovery Trail of the caverns.  Tyler Murphy said, “There is much more underground than just dirt.”  Kierce Due stated, “This was my second trip to Blanchard Springs Caverns, and I’m already looking forward to the next.  I would like to go on one of the longer, six hour tours next time though.”  Following their adventures, the students returned to the Sloan-Hendrix campus.

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