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History Comes to Life for 8th Grade Students

7th grade student ambassadors Catherine Fisher, Lindsy Saranko, Principal of the Year Joy Schroerlucke and Mintie Badauskas get set to start Georgia Heritage Day.

Jennifer Raggi, North Atlanta Urgent Care; Belinda Edwards, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park; students Elianna Gil and Mason Ely make fried apple pies.

Jade House, Ashley Reyes, and Ursula Hessler learn to make homemade butter.

Natalia Uribe, Ty Kirk and Gabriele Da Silva try on U.S. Army clothes at the Georgia Armed Forces station.

Civil War re-enactors teach students about the Infantry Soldiers uniforms for the Union and Confederate armies.

Teachers Elizabeth McMahon and Jennifer Foil ring the bell to signal the change of stations.

Roswell, GA. April 26, 2013. Why were buffalo and Civil War re-enactors at Holcomb Bridge Middle School on Friday, April 26, 2013? These otherwise unexpected guests—and others—were part of the first Georgia Heritage Day hosted by the middle school. 8th grade students spent a full day of immersion with hands-on, experiential activities to learn about and celebrate Georgia history.

Inspired by teachers Elizabeth McMahon and Jennifer Foil, the teaching staff, administration and PTA worked quickly and tirelessly to cover all the bases for a well-orchestrated day that rotated students through seven stations, opening their eyes to history in a highly engaging way. Students made their own pottery; picked cotton; participated in the music and dances from the Cherokee and Creek cultures; learned about the role buffalo played; shouted the ‘rebel yell’ and Union ‘hurrah’; learned about the history of Coke and had ‘coke floats’; made homemade butter and fried apple pies; dressed up in clothes from the period and more. “This school does nothing half-way,” commented one parent volunteer. “I am so impressed with the passion and commitment of these teachers to go so far over and above to create this day for students!”

Principal Joy Schroerlucke shared the enthusiasm. Schroerlucke, who was recently named the Georgia Northeast Learning Community ‘Principal of the Year’ commented, “Being a world-class school means bringing world-class instruction to our students. I couldn’t be more proud of my staff, students and this community.” The event was also attended by several of the school’s business partners (called the ‘Friends of Holcomb Bridge.’) “I had no idea activities of this caliber were taking place here in our own neighborhood,” said Jennifer Raggi from North Atlanta Urgent Care.

Based on its resounding success, the school plans to host the Georgia Heritage Day event next year.

Holcomb Bridge Middle School—a school of global classrooms—is located at 2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA. The school has received numerous distinctions, including the prestigious designation of Georgia National Lighthouse School to Watch for being a high-performing school that is academically excellent, developmentally responsive and socially equitable. Holcomb Bridge is also a Georgia School of Excellence and a Distinguished Title I School.


2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022, Phone: 470-254-5280, Fax: 470-254-3333
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