Join us in the replica Rosenwald Schoolhouse. Each school day, two classes of 4th graders will experience an early 1900s school day from the morning pledge of allegiance to class dismissal after a day spent studying reading, writing and arithmetic
Begun in 1912, Rosenwald schools were built through a partnership between Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish philanthropist and president of Sears, Roebuck & Co., and black educator Booker T. Washington, along with support from the local black and white communities. Between 1913 and 1932, nearly 5,000 new schools were built in 15 states and thousands of students received an education, learned trades and skills, and were awarded better opportunities as a result of this education.
Developed in conjunction with a team of educators from three local school systems, allows students to experience a day in the life of a 1918 Alabama school. Upon arrival, participating fourth graders will enter one of our historic homes where they will be transformed into 1918 students as they are outfitted in era-appropriate clothes. When the school bell rings, the students will gather at the Dorothy Davidson Rosenwald Schoolhouse where they will say the Pledge of Allegiance (1918 version) while saluting the 48 star flag and sing a patriotic song. Upon entering the classroom, students will spend the day studying reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. Students also get to experience writing with a nib pen and ink, doing their lessons on slates, participating in vocational training (either basket weaving or gardening lesson), and playing games of the time period during recess. All lessons meet Alabama Course of Study standards.
Visiting teachers will receive additional before and after lesson plans to further their students’ educational experience, including information about Rosenwald Schools that were built throughout the South to provide educational opportunities to underserved African American children during the days of “separate but equal.” This day-long learning experience immerses students in a vital time of history and ensures that they leave with an understanding of what life and education was like for children in this time period.
This program begins at 9:00 and ends at 1:30. The cost of the program is $12.00 per student. However, if the vocational lesson selected is basket weaving there is an additional charge of $2.00 per student to cover supplies. A limited amount of scholarship money is available to help defray the cost for Title 1 schools.Request a School Trip
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