September 8, 2012

Kids offered chance to walk through history

PLATTSBURGH — On Sunday, children and adults can learn oodles about the Battle of Plattsburgh and burn calories, too, on the “Story Walk” during the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration.

“The Battle of Plattsburgh Did You Know?” was published last year and written and illustrated by Cumberland Head Elementary School’s fourth-grade students.

The illustrations and text can be viewed in windows of local businesses starting at the North Country Co-op on Bridge Street and rounding the corner to Mountain Riders on City Hall Place.

“It explains the history of the Battle of Plattsburgh in words that children can understand,” said Linda Ward, fair chair. “It’s mostly pictorial, and all the pictures were done by the children.”

At the Children’s Village Fair, along City Hall Place, children can pick up a small passport at the Story Tent.

“Then, they go and read all the panels in the windows, return to the Story Tent and answer a simple question about what they saw in the windows,” Ward said. “They will be rewarded with a prize. The real prize is (that) they’re understanding what their history is about.”

Shannon Piche-Smith, a former Cumberland Head Elementary School teacher, and Bucky Seiden, a local artist and retired teacher, coordinated the book project.

“They got the grant to print the book, but because the cost was prohibitive, the children and the public (weren’t) aware of this delightful and important little book,” Ward said. “It’s an important book for children, in our community, in the North Country. The goal this year is to find funding to have the book reprinted and have it available for schools and the public.”

Last year, more than 50 people signed up to receive the book, which wasn’t available.

Piche-Smith and Seiden previously worked together on other grant projects at the school.

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