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History Comes Alive at Westhoff Colonial Faire

NEWS                                                                                    Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             880 S. Lemon Avenue
March 12, 2013                                                                    Walnut, CA 91789

Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204

History Comes Alive at Colonial Faire

WALNUT, CA--Westhoff Elementary School fifth grade students took a trip through time during the annual Colonial Faire held on March 7. 

For one day, students and staff costumed in 18th century attire experienced a glimpse of life as it was in our nation’s past.

As they rotated through hands-on activities, students played simple games of marbles, learned quill writing, created homespun candles, partnered up for country dancing, and more.

The event ties in with recent studies on the colonial era of American history. Teachers Kevin Curtain, Kimberly Dalton, Kary Penzes, and Vicky Kim organized the event that has become a tradition at the school. 

Parent volunteers were involved at every activity cooking cornmeal Johnny cakes, tracing silhouettes for over 100 students, overseeing the candle making, and leading etiquette and dance lessons. 

“This is such an exciting day for all our 5th grade students.  The culmination of many lessons, discussions, projects, planning, and hard work makes Colonial Day memorable for our Westhoff students.  Our 5th grade teachers put in so much time and effort to make this day special.  It’s wonderful to see so many parents who volunteer and join in on the fun!” said Principal Denise Rendon.


Westhoff Elementary fifth graders made homespun candles during the Colonial Faire held March 7. Shown Alyssa Sia, Sarah Aie, Steven Chen, and Danial Iman, and Asif Kachroo.

Fifth graders played simple games to get a glimpse of the past. Shown: Alexis Andino, Ines Yang, Jahlyne Rodrigo, Melanie Marin, and Justine Foung. 

Parent volunteers cooked up delicious Johnny Cakes during the event. Shown: Mrs. Choi, and Mrs. Vergel De Dios. 

Students participated in a manners and etiquette lesson during the Colonial Faire. Shown Mr. Morales, Mrs. Tang. 

Students got the chance to practice writing with quill and ink. Shown: Christian Cobarrubias, Claire Hsieh, Jasper Wang, Nicole Tsai, and Isabella Leung. 

Parents traced silhouettes of each student for a keepsake memory of the special event.