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November 25, 2010
  • Volunteers Susan Farhang, Juliana Gambrell and El Morro Elementary School Principal Chris Duddy stop at the candle-making station during Colonial Days at El Morro School.
Volunteers Susan Farhang, Juliana Gambrell and El Morro… (Coastline Pilot )

Colonial Days at El Morro

El Morro Elementary students took a journey back in American history during Colonial Days 2010, held Monday and Tuesday at the school. It was the 20th annual Colonial Days at the school.

The PTA-sponsored event included the reconstruction of an American colonial village and a rich variety of hands-on opportunities, which helped students experience for themselves what life was like in the early days of the United States. Students made candles, sewed a pillow, made a wax seal, played colonial children's games, sampled colonial foods, and had their profile drawn in the silhouette booth.

"Living Off of the Land" was this year's theme and students, staff, and volunteers dressed in colonial day attire for the events that took place in the transformed multipurpose room. This is the second year Colonial Days has been planned over a six-year cycle so students experience something different every year, according to school officials.

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"Colonial Days is an opportunity to give our children/students 'hands-on experience' from days gone by. Nothing thrills me more than when a child says 'that's how they did that?" said Colonial Days PTA Chairwoman Juliana Gambrell. "We take for granted our way of life — this puts it in perspective."

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Brighter holidays for boys and girls

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and its volunteers collected gifts for all 62 low-income children at the club for the holiday season.

Club board member Paula Hornbuckle led the charge to brighten the season for the preschool children and their siblings by calling on volunteers and the community to help out. Within a couple of days, she collected enough promises from members of the 100 Women and BG's Club auxiliary groups to meet the club's goal.

The Laguna Beach Police Department, book clubs, church groups, Hobie Sports, Coco's Restaurant, Laguna Beach parents and other members of the community have joined the holiday spirit by sponsoring additional Club and preschool children and families.

"The generosity of our wonderful community has been amazing" Hornbuckle said. "We would not have been able to provide gifts for this many children without their support."

Club preschool director Terry Anne Barman said it was wonderful to see how people have reached out in these stressful economic times.

"It is the true spirit of Christmas at work," she said.

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