After a year of studying the Renaissance period in social studies, seventh-graders at E.V. Cain Middle School spent Friday as apprentices in Renaissance guilds. More than 100 parent volunteers and 30 community members volunteered their time to make the era a reality. Students dressed in period attire and participated in at least one activity in sports, games, merchants and ambassadors.
The event was lead by Joyce Silva, parent coordinator and Jeanette Albrechet, and Shirley Paris, social studies teachers. Local businesses sponsored the event.
“The purpose of the event is to take kids back in history. Things will come and go but memories will last a lifetime,” Paris said.
The event is not just a review of the social studies course. Music, math, science, art and physical education are involved in the Renaissance Fair.
“Once the day begins, it takes on a life of its own,” Paris said.