TROY — Kindergartners and first graders from Overfield School got to know their hometown during a special field trip into Troy’s downtown district on Thursday.
Parents were invited to attend the walking tour that brought students past and through a number of historic landmarks.
“Some of our kids were interested in making a leaf town back in October,” said Overfield educator Laura Daehnke. “After that project, we started thinking, ‘What is a town? What’s in a town?’ From that, we’ve looked at lots of different parts of towns and cities. We then started looking into our own town, and decided to make a day of it.”
Following a guided tour along the downtown area, Daehnke and her students ate lunch at K’s, due to its significance as a favorite spot of former Troy resident William Hobart.
The class ended their tour at the Miami County Courthouse, where they received a tour of the building, and had a chance to ask questions to a magistrate inside the courtroom.
Throughout the tour, students were encouraged to keep a visual diary, drawing and writing the things they saw throughout downtown Troy.
“We’re just trying to spread awareness,” Daehnke said, of the tour’s main objective. “The kids are making connections of all the things they see on their way to and from school, and it’s helping them to see Troy in a different light.”
For more information, visit www.overfield.org.