Hunting for a piece of local history

Second graders at A.W. Becker learn history of their school.

Second graders at A.W. Becker were excited to learn about the history of schools in the town. Debbie Croscup and Linda Davies, from the Bethlehem Historical Association, shared photographs, artifacts and stories with the students.

Teacher Sheila Moutopoulos said students enjoyed learning about the school day of kids in one room schoolhouses, who wrote on slates and used metal pails as lunch boxes.

Teacher showing photos to second graders“They were also surprised to learn that teachers had to make fires to keep the schoolhouse warm during the colder months,” Moutopoulos said.

During the presentation, Croscup and Davies encouraged students to become history detectives to find a picture of Albertus W. Becker that is displayed in school and to seek out historical places by paying attention to the blue and yellow signs around town.