The Suburbanite
  • Family Matters: Let your children learn about their town


    Where we come from can shape who we become. 
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  • Where we come from can shape who we become.
    Involving children in town-based activities and educating them on their history can help them develop a sense of pride, ownership and responsibility.
    From preschool through high school, there are plenty of opportunities to get your kids interested, informed and involved.
    Post a map of your state, tag your county and mark your town to provide a sense of relationship. Note city and state capitals and other historical landmarks to visit.
    Contact organizations where your child may participate to improve your setting or the lives of others within your town. Encourage litter clean up, visits to a nursing home, distribution at a food bank, help with Habitat for Humanity or planting flowers for an isolated neighbor.
    Take your child to local games and activities throughout the year. Dress in team or town colors. Contact your Chamber of Commerce for events, activities and opportunities.
    My children grew up in a sleepy little suburban town, which was once Indian territory.
    On July 4th, young and old came together to enjoy an old-fashioned day at the fields, participating in potato sack races, horseshoe contests, baseball games and even a rolling pin toss. Hot dogs, popcorn and lemonade were served at old-fashioned prices from 10 to 25 cents.
    The day was filled with excitement and anticipation as the barbershop quartet sang, and patriotic music accompanied evening fireworks. Historically, Babe Ruth stayed at what was once the local boarding house, and George Washington marched his troops through as they approached the Hudson River.
    Canton is a wonderful city, rich with history and tradition, including 50 years of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    Our country’s Charter of Freedom, including our Bill of Rights, Constitution and our Declaration of Independence is protected and displayed in Washington in a case manufactured by Diebold, a Canton family.
    Henry Belden of Canton produced bricks in the 1800s, which pave many beautiful streets today, and the Metropolitan Brick Company, owned by the Renkert family, manufactured bricks sold around the world.
    That’s a lot of history.

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