By Angie Bado, TSB Publisher
Four hundred Dowell Middle School seventh graders got a sampling of the reality of Texas history on Friday as they had the opportunity to view, first hand, pieces of history during the Texas Festival at the school. The festival consists of 10 stations set up to portray historically accurate ways of life.
Tommy Chamakala, seventh grade history teacher at Dowell, said, “This is allows the students a more visual way of learning about history. This festival helps our seventh graders visually understand what life was like during the Civil War and Cowboy era. We have groups from all over Texas that really brings history alive for our kids. We have Civil war re-enactors, cowboys that bring their horses, cattle, and other livestock, plus several other activities.”
The students, who just finished studying about the Civil War, will begin studying about cowboys and the frontier following spring break.
Charlene Simril, another Dowell history teacher said, “The kids really like it.” (the Texas Festival)
The majority of the exhibitors are volunteers hailing from all over Texas. One volunteer from Dallas, who was on horseback, said that he enjoys giving the kids the chance to see what it’s like to experience what it was like to live on a ranch, or farm. Parent volunteers also assist with the event.
The Texas Festial started four years ago and is a collaborative effort between all the seventh grade teachers at Dowelll Middle School.
Dowell seventh grade history teachers, Tommy Chamakala and Charlene Simril.