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I.C.S. fifth graders explore Johnson’s Island

Zach Welden and J.T. Saffran explore at the Prisoner of War Depot with the help of a site employee. Zach Welden and J.T. Saffran explore at the Prisoner of War Depot with the help of a site employee.

“It was a great day for the fifth grade students at ICS,” says Elena Kessler and Hannah Paeth who are referring to their beautiful day at Johnson’s Island. Last Monday, Mrs.

Jane Drusbacky’s class spent a spring day taking a step back in time.  The class was given the opportunity to visit the Island and better understand its history and its story. 

The fifth graders began the day at the Johnson’s Island Cemetery where they learned about some of the Confederate soldiers, such as William Peel, through the reading of diaries and letters.  According to Hannah and Elena they were able to explore the cemetery and learned about the different patterns of the grave stones.

The students spent a great deal of time at the Johnson’s Island Prisoner of War Depot. They learned about the dead lines, the fifteen foot boundary wall and the hobbies of the prisoners. Prisoners spent their days carving rubber into jewelry and writing letters to their families. The fifth graders were then taken to block eight of the Prisoner of War Depot to do some excavating of their own. Several members of the class found field specimens. Cooper Stine found a bottle finish, Sam Walker found an unfinished arrowhead, Hannah Paeth found a PPK (a projectile point knife), and Elena Kessler found a piece of a decorative pickle jar. At the end of the day, the class totaled their artifacts at 236. Brick, bone, nails, glass and pieces of pottery contributed to this total.

 

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