Dressed in colonial costumes and playing the part of typical colonial tradespeople, the LVMS seventh graders presented research on colonial times to judges in the middle school mini-theater and library. Artifacts were used representing the particular trade each student researched, including elaborate displays to depict the work of fur trappers, medics, fisherman, candle makers, shoemakers, tailors, and more.

The Colonial Jobs Fair is an annual culmination of the colonial times unit of study, which is part of the seventh-grade Social Studies curriculum. “The job fair assists the students showcase, in a creative manner, the information they have learned during class,” said Social Studies Coordinator David J. Ethe. “Conducting the fair enhances the curriculum by having students intensely examine the political, social, economic, and geographic life faced by Americans during Colonial times.”

Students worked hard for several weeks, utilizing various skills such as research, public speaking, appraising historical perspectives, writing, and teamwork. When putting together their final projects, judges were very impressed by the creativity students displayed.