Kids clad in plaid and western hats rotated through Top of the World's fifth-grade classrooms last week, taking a stab at projects with a pioneer's perseverance, whether it was hammering away at a tin horseshoe or carefully weaving fabric.
The students got a taste of simpler times during TOW's annual Pioneer Day.
"In social studies they study the westward movement, and we try to bring it to life for them," fifth-grade teacher Teryl Campbell said.
The fifth-graders transported themselves to the time of covered wagons and Western migration — donning hats, mustaches, prairie dresses and bandanas.
Michael Davidson, 10, was ready for the festivities, which included corn husk doll making, tinsmithing, quilt making and the much anticipated square dancing.
"I think it's good for imagination and creativity," Michael said. "It's just a good way to learn about them."
Jasmine Banks, 10, was making a corn husk doll, which used to be a pastime for many pioneer kids.