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Students learn about their town

Thursday, June 15, 2006

TREAT TIME: Third graders at Mammoth Spring Elementary School enjoy a treat of ice cream at Palace Drug Store during their year-end study of the history of Mammoth Spring.
MAMMOTH SPRING -- Third graders at Mammoth Spring Elementary School ended the school year in traditional fashion with a study of the history of the city. Teacher Peggy Rogers said many activities were enjoyed during the study.

Dale Rogers brought his 1930 Model A truck to school and gave students a ride around the playground. He explained the manufacturing and features of the truck and how the vehicle met the needs of people during that time period.

"Long-time Mammoth Spring resident and businessman Bill Pace told the students about past businesses in the community. His memories reflected back many years, telling the students his father owned and operated a business in the city many years ago," Rogers said.

Rogers said the students watched a video of the centennial slide show used in the 100-year celebration of the city in 1983. Shane Baker helped develop the slide show and spoke to the students about it. "He also read the students a story that he wrote about how the legend the Mammoth Spring came to be. The students later retold the story with pictures," Rogers said.

Another guest speaker was Mary Manes. Manes told how she used to milk cows and her father delivered the milk to customers in town. She also said she taught school in a one-room school house and later taught a 50-member second grade class at Mammoth Spring Elementary School.

"The students seemed to especially enjoy a trip to Palace Drug Store where new store owners Angela and Larry Burns treated them to ice cream. While the class was eating their ice cream Dale Rogers shared his memories of the drug store when it was across the street," the teacher said.

The students wrapped up their study with a field trip to the fish hatchery at Dam 3 and to Mammoth Spring State Park. Rogers said at both locations they were given guided tours and learned even more history about the city.

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