Riverside students explore history with art project

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Kayleigh Tompkins, 12, left, and Riverside Elementary School classmates work on their Revolutionary War art project on Thursday.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 07:11 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Riverside Elementary School fifth-graders are exploring the Revolutionary War with an art project filling one of the school's hallways with depictions of figures involved with shaping our nation.

 Fifth-grade teachers Amy Bowles and Jennifer Nelson had their two classes study the Revolutionary War, which lasted from 1775 to 1783 and included George Washington, John Adams and Paul Revere. Students researched the nation’s founding fathers and made life-sized paper cutouts of them, including descriptions of their role in American history.

"It’s really fun to watch them and see how excited they get about American history," Bowles said. "They are coming up to us and giving us ideas that we haven't even thought of."

Braeden Veale, 11, helped name the hallway, Liberty Hall.

He researched Paul Revere with his brother’s help and created a paper figurine of the early industrialist, circa April 18, 1775. He captured the moment when Revere warned fellow patriots, from Boston to Concord, Mass., that British troops were approaching, signaling the Revolutionary War’s beginning.

 "I know a lot about Paul Revere," Braeden said. "(He) was a big help in fighting the Red Coats."   

 Although Revere wasn't credited with coining the phrase "one if by land, two if by sea," he did orchestrate the secret signal used to warn patriots of the British troops’ route to Concord.

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