LORDSTOWN - Fifth-graders from Lordstown Elementary School got a glimpse of the history of their village and school with a recent visit to the one-room school house operated by the local historical society.
Thirty-seven students in Christine Kappler and April Bondor's classes toured the school and heard a presentation by Alda Pugh of the society.
Pugh said the students saw old photos of school classes and how students and their teachers dressed and looked and what they had in their classrooms.
"The students were very interested in the local history. There are many local families who have three or more generations who have attended Lordstown schools. Many of the students' parents and grandparents went here," Pugh said.
At the event, a framed picture of the one-room school done by the late artist Jim Friend was given to Lordstown Elementary School for display at their current building.
Students used primary documents (pictures) to answer document-based questions, and participated in a scavenger hunt throughout the school house. The students also played a game of old school marbles outside.
"We were told by that we were the first class to teach / learn a lesson there since 1917," Bondor said.
Pugh said the society wants teachers to be able to use the school house for learning.
"The students asked very good questions. One asked what they did if a tornado was coming. I told them they didn't have the early warning sirens like they do know," Pugh said noting a fellow society member helping at the event said they probably prayed.
Pugh said there are plans by the historical society to have a dedication of a bell and also recognize local scouts for Eagle Scout projects to improve the exterior of the school and with installation of brick walkway.
Bondor said the students ate lunch at Pappy's Shack, a local business, as part of the day's events.