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The Suburbanite
  • Coventry students set sail for history lesson

  • Coventry Middle School students learned a lesson aboard the Tall Ship Wisconsin anchored at Put-in-Bay. It was an adventure of historic proportions as students learned firsthand what it was like to be a crew member on a tall ship during the Battle of Lake Erie, 200 years ago.

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  • Coventry Middle School students learned a lesson aboard the Tall Ship Wisconsin anchored at Put-in-Bay. It was an adventure of historic proportions as students learned firsthand what it was like to be a crew member on a tall ship during the Battle of Lake Erie, 200 years ago.
    The Coventry students were invited to the Bicentennial Celebration of The Battle of Lake Erie by the National Park Service.
    "Coventry has been taking students to Put-In-Bay for 15 years to study the aquatic ecosystem of the Great Lakes and to participate in island history," said science teacher Jim Trogdon.
    When a grant opportunity was given to the National Park Service,  Ranger Toni Phinisey-Webber immediately thought of Coventry Middle School. Webber was familiar with the school and knew the students were highly complemented on their visit each year.
    Middle school students in the sixth- through eighth-grades participated in the historic learning experience.
     The National Park Service provided all transportation costs for students to participate in battle reenactments and experience a living history campsite on the grounds of Perry’s Monument. The students were invited onboard the ship Wisconsin where they hoisted sails and navigated a specific destination.
    "All of the students left the island understanding the significance of The War of 1812 and a renewed appreciation for freedom,” said Trogdon.
    Trogdon believes some of the most valuable and impactful learning comes from experiences outside of the classroom.
    "If given a choice between reading about The Battle of Lake Erie in a history book, or actually being part of the battle through a reenactment aboard a tall ship on Lake Erie, I believe the latter option would be the better teachable moment," Trogdan said, noting that opportunities are out there for teachers and their students.
    Classmates had a beautiful day to re-enact the important piece of US history. The importance of what they learned was reflected in their comments.
    A total of 42 students went on the trip accompanied by teachers Jim Trogdon, Chris Lorence, Adam Shoemaker, Jennifer Burns, Debbie Willis, John Murray, principal Tina Norris, assistant principal Adam Griffin and Superintendent Russell Chaboudy.