SAU No. 5
Superintendent James Morse
36 Coe Drive
Durham, NH 03824
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Media Contact: Jordan Mayblum
Email: [email protected]
Oyster River’s Moharimet Elementary Students Visit State Farming Museum
DURHAM — Principal David Goldsmith is pleased to announce that students at Moharimet Elementary School visited the New Hampshire Farm Museum last week.
Each year, Moharimet adopts a curriculum enrichment theme, and the school hosts assemblies and activities throughout the year to support that theme. This school year’s theme was “Year of the Farmer.”
“We chose farming as our theme this year because it is vital to our society and is an integral part of the New Hampshire seacoast in various forms,” Principal Goldsmith said. “We hoped that students would increase their understanding and appreciation for farming, the work it requires, and its connection to a healthy environment.”
Farming themed events at the school this year included a presentation by an oyster farmer, a herding demonstration with sheep dogs and a farmer’s market that featured representatives from local fruit, vegetable, meat and plant farms.
The “Year of the Farmer” culminated last week for Moharimet students with a field trip.
On Wednesday, May 22, a group of 320 Moharimet students, 100 staff members and 30 chaperones visited the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton. Students in kindergarten through second grade visited animals, took a tour of the farm house, went on a tractor ride, participated in a barn scavenger hunt, ate cobbler, visited a garden and played outdoor games. The students also learned about spinning, butter and candle making.
At the museum, students in third and fourth grades learned about tractor and engine repair, outdoor cooking, symbols of democracy, planting, crochet, basket making, soap making, weaving, quill writing, sewing and embroidery.
After visiting the museum, Moharimet students, staff and chaperones also visited McKenzies Farm, located across the street from the NH Farm Museum, to learn about fruit farming and grafting.
Administrators and faculty coordinated the trip with the help of Kagen Weeks, the head of the NH Farm Museum. Weeks helped the school organize the day and events, and also recruited volunteers.