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‘An Evening in the Colonies’

JULIE SUTOR
Summit Daily/Julie Sutor Summit Middle School students Mike Napoli, Brittni LaFrance and Lara Getz, left to right, rehearse a re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party Tuesday for tonight's An Evening in the Colonies, during which the school will transform itself into revolution-era Boston.
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SUMMIT COUNTY – ‘Tis the season for decking the halls, and Summit Middle Schoolers are embracing the time-honored ritual.But local eighth-grade hallways won’t be covered in glitzy lights or tinsel tonight. They’ll be filled with hand-dipped candles, spiced oranges, cobblestones and folk dancing – the sights, sounds and smells of colonial Boston – as students bring their American Revolution-era social studies lessons to life.

“An Evening in the Colonies” will feature Beantown crafts, food, dance, historical re-enactments and games from the dawn of American history.”We have a play that will show the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre,” said eighth grader Hayden Hedman. “We’re summing up a lot of important events in Boston during the revolution.”It was rough, because they were occupied by the British, who could treat them however they wanted. We’re going to show how they rebelled and won our freedom,” Hayden added.

All week, the students have been painting props, making game-boards, rehearsing roles in the play, collecting recipes and practicing the Virginia Reel – a traditional dance learned with the help of SMS physical education teachers.Teachers from many subject areas have gotten in on the act, in accordance with the cross-disciplinary emphasis of the International Baccalaureate program, taught schoolwide for the first time this year.Students, parents and community members are invited to get a taste of the students’ work by joining them at the middle school tonight for the first-ever event.

And they’ll even have a chance to get a taste of some Boston baked beans while they’re at it.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.


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