-By John Lynds
As the school day was in full swing at the Manassah E. Bradley Elementary School chants could be heard from down the hall, “Lobsterbacks, go home! Lobsterbacks, go home!”
This was the sound of fourth grade students taking part in the Freedom Trail Scholars program, an interactive history program touring to schools in and around the Boston area.
The Scholars Program visited the Bradley last Friday.
Since February of 2007, the Scholars program has been touring to Boston schools and has served over 7,000 budding students. The program covers the major events of the American Revolution in Boston, including several subjects required for the fifth grade history curriculum frameworks as outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Education.
The one-hour traveling program consists of two actors taking on multiple roles to bring the stories of the Boston Massacre, the Tea Party, and Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride. By engaging the students in a dramatic way, the program aims to help students learn and remember the events and leaders of the American Revolution.
“This is one of the first of many visits The Freedom Trail Foundation is making to area schools to help children learn events of the American Revolution,” said The Freedom Trail Foundation President Mimi La Camera. “The Scholars Program is an exciting, fun, and interactive way to assist teachers to educate their students.”
The Bradley was one of many Boston schools that were able to secure the program for their school thanks to the support of John Hancock Financial Services.