The 9th grade Omnibus class and their teacher, Mrs. Lauren Lawrence, have been reading Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford, the record of the experiences of the early Pilgrims and of the founding of Plymouth Colony 401 years ago!
The class took a trip to Lake Naconiche, where they re-enacted the colonists’ journey and learned firsthand what it was like to be a Pilgrim.
Here is a brief recap of the day’s events, from Mrs. Lawrence.
Bradford (Wyatt Anderson) journaled the day’s events, starting with our expedition of “sailing” to America via the Golden Eagle, aka the Mayflower (or Regents’ school van). Before setting off on the windy seas, our elder Brewster (Cait Jones) gave a sentimental speech about why we decided to depart all we have ever known for a different land. Then we fell under Captain Standish’s (Abel Ketchen’s) command, as he guided us on the rough and windy seas. We partook in a feast where Squanto (Jonah Shipp) served us all our Thanksgiving meal and then taught us about the local flora and fauna. Pastor Robinson (Clara Vermillion) gave an endearing sermon about God’s providence in the 9th grade class through the years. However, because of the fall of man, there can never be a sinless and perfect colony and thus the pilgrims had a crooks among them, Weston (Rachel Cunyus) and Allerton (Nate Smith), who swindled the colonists throughout their exploration.
It was a wonderful day of hard work, beauty, and choosing gratefulness.