On Friday, April 29, 2016, 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 out paper dolls, cut logs with a two person saw, sewed their own marble sacks out of burlap and were educated on chicken farming and how to properly clean eggs. A guest speaker from the Jefferson County Department of Natural Resources presented on trapping and taught students about area wildlife. Students also had the opportunity to learn about different memorial monuments and symbols that were used on memorial stones with a special guest from Watertown Memorial of Watertown, WI. During breaks, students hopped in sack races and played old-fashioned games like Streets and Alleys, Red Rover and a favorite, marbles. It was a great start to the third grade Apple Valley unit.