Salisbury Academy students celebrate N.C. heritage

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 30, 2013

Salisbury Academy faculty brought history alive during the recent school-wide North Carolina Heritage Fair.
“North Carolina Heritage Day is a wonderful Salisbury Academy tradition where lessons come to life and our students get a deeper appreciation for the rich history of our state,” said Head of School Diane Fisher.
Salisbury Academy hosted the event where students learned about North Carolina icons through interactive centers and talented crafters’ exhibits and conversations.
“The festival is a hands-on extension of our curriculum,” said second-grade teacher Mary Lou Williams, who oversees the event. “It was a great celebration of the fact that North Carolina is the ‘Goodliest Land,’ as the English explorers called it 400 years ago.”
Throughout the course of the day, students in all grades visited stations including Elizabeth Dole, plants of North Carolina, the Wright Brothers, North Carolina ACC teams and the Biltmore House. Students also enjoyed bluegrass music from the Tom Isenhour Band. Students wore T-shirts representing a North Carolina tourist attraction, business, symbol, slogan or event and enjoyed food from the state including Cheerwine, Apple Uglies, Mt. Olive pickles, Texas Pete and Bojangle’s.
“Mary Lou Williams spends a lot of time developing stations that will inform students about the importance of North Carolina,” said Joe Hartsell, who teaches history and social studies. “Every year the students look forward to this day because she puts so much effort into making it successful.”