On Friday, May 5th, 2017 third grade students at Johnson Creek Elementary School participated in Pioneer Day at the Johnson Creek Community Center. Members from the JC Historical Society and other community members took the children back hundreds of years with a fun-filled day of activities and history. To kick off the day, students made the long trek from the elementary school to the community center by foot. Upon arrival, students learned how to “churn” ice cream using vintage ice cream makers and “shook” their own butter. Students then worked in small groups where they washed clothes by hand and ironed, cut logs with a two-man saw, and sewed their own marble sacks out of burlap. Warden Ryan Elison from the Jefferson County Department of Natural Resources presented on trapping, the fur trade, and taught students about area wildlife. Students then listened to Amy the Fiddler and danced to London Bridge. During breaks, students played old-fashioned games like ‘Streets and Alleys’ and ‘Marbles’. Students ended the day with a special presentation on beekeeping from Becky Mehringer. It was a wonderful day to step back in time and really enhanced the Apple Valley unit for students.