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This Flashback Friday we would like to revisit some of the fun things we did on Facebook this week! Make sure you follow us there for updated content and activities in this time of "all things virtual". Take a look at our fun backyard history, science and math ideas!
We had a blast with all of the school groups we welcomed aboard this week. We want to say thank you to those schools for coming and visiting us while they are wrapping up the school year! The groups helped us clean up a simulated oil spill and created new land forms in our augmented reality ocean. The students experienced our animal room and got up close to some of our animal friends, such as a sea star and a horseshoe crab.
Our classroom said goodbye to the last of the tree frogs this week. The frogs were raised from wild caught tadpoles. A new project is starting up here, blue bird habitat boxes! The first box was installed on Friday and all of us are hoping to see birds soon! The owner of Wild Birds Unlimited of Mt. Pleasant came and put it in for us. She also answered a few questions for us in this video clip.
Charles Bolden grew up in South Carolina wanting to go into the Naval Academy. This was in 1963, a time when segregation was still prevalent, and South Carolina lawmakers would not support him. With persistence and after writing a letter asking Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson to help, Bolden was able to get an appointment with Rep. William Dawson of Chicago to secure a spot into the Naval Academy.
Charleston Bolden later went on to serve as an aviator in the Marine Corps. He now leads NASA, as one of the first African American administrators. Read his story here!
This past weekend was truly a new experience for all of us as South Carolina residents. Historic rainfall flooded farms, cities, neighborhoods, and schools. We hope you stay safe as some of us begin rebuilding, while others are still dealing with the floodwaters.
Richard Cole is celebrating his 100th birthday today.
Cole served as co-pilot to Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle during the raid on Tokyo, Japan. The purpose of the raid was to boost American morale while decreasing Japanese morale.
Cole trained briefly in Columbia, SC for the raid before being to transferred to Florida for further training.
After the raid, Doolittle and Cole crash landed their plane in China.
All 80 airmen involved in the raid received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Lt. Col. Doolittle received the Congressional Medal of Honor and a promotion to Brigadier General in addition to his Distinguished Flying Cross.
Cole remained in the China/India/Burma theatre serving in the Army Air Corps.
Pictured above are Doolittle (front left) and Cole (front right) with the rest of their crew for the raid.
On this day, in 1945, the Japanese officially surrendered to the Allied Forces.
The formal signing ceremony was held on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
Pictured above is General Douglas MacArthur who was Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces. He and Admiral Chester Nimitz signed for the United States followed by leaders from the rest of the Allied Nations.
Pictured below is a reproduction of the signing that is located on tour 4 on board the USS Yorktown.
Congratulations to Mary Huffman on being named the 2015 National History Teacher of the Year!
This honor is being awarded to Ms. Huffman by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Ms. Huffman is a 5th grade teacher at Pinckney Elementary in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
Ms. Huffman will receive $10,000.00 and attend a ceremony in her honor at the Yale Club in New York City on October 19th.
Her students created care packages, wrote letters to US troops and participated in veterans' week by inviting soldiers into their classroom.
We are so excited for a brand new school year and more Oscar and Harry, our science and history learning partners! You can check them out online or in your readers, Oscar I Am! and Harry I Was! This year is off to a wonderful start and we can't wait to share in the educational adventures with you.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments!
Did you know that the Continental Congress officially declared its independence from Britain on July 2, 1776?
This is the date that the delegates from New York were given permission to vote for the resolution; therefore giving the Congress a unanimous vote.
John Adams even wrote to his wife Abigail and told her that July 2nd would be marked as a national holiday for generations to come.
Then why do we celebrate on July 4th?
We celebrate our nation's birthday on July 4th because that is the date that the final wording for the document was approved.
In August of 1776, Peter Timothy printed copies of the Declaration of Independence and brought the news of Independence to South Carolina. A public reading of the Declaration actually took place on the balcony of the Old Exchange Building in Charleston, SC.
Charleston, SC produced the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, Edward Rutledge, who was 26 at the time that he signed.
Fifty years after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence two of its drafters died on the same day.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826.