Homosassa school finds the patriotic spark

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Students learn history in a fun way

By Mike Wright

HOMOSASSA — American history is more than a hobby for Homosassa Elementary School second-grade teacher Danita Consol. It’s in her blood.

Consol is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her ancestry includes Nicholas Ickes, who fought in the Revolutionary War, and at Valley Forge saw Gen. George Washington on his knees in prayer.

So with Consol’s leadership, the school had a “We the People” celebration Nov. 15 featuring members of the Sons of the American Revolution in period dress, games for children and posters on display.

“It ties up the lessons we’ve been working on in the classroom the last few weeks,” Consol said.

Assistant Principal Jill Young said the school has worked toward the event since Constitution Day on Sept. 17. The event coincided with the conclusion of the Nov. 6 election.

“We wanted to tie it all in together,” she said.

The evening featured a “Declaration of Independence” poster contest sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution. This is the fourth year the organization has teamed with the school for the poster contest. The winners face winners from other schools in Citrus and Hernando counties.

Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders entered 150 posters and there were two winners: Ashlynn Name, fourth grade; and Amara Piliouris, third grade. Both girls said they were proud of their efforts.

Ashlynn, whose poster depicted a replica of the Declaration of Independence, said the American lessons are important.

“You’ve got to learn about the history of this country,” she said.

Principal Chris Bosse said the “We the People” event was the perfect way to bring the lesson focus out of the classroom.

“They learned about history,” he said, “in a fun way tonight.”

Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352-563-3228 or mwright@chronicleonline.com.