Thirteen seventh grade students from Capital Day School in Frankfort spent a day last week with eighth grade students at West Whitesburg Elementary School. The Frankfort students have been reading “Newfound” by Jim Wayne Miller. The book is about a boy growing up in rural Appalachia.
In addition to visiting WMS on November 28, the students toured Appalshop, a strip mine and spent the night at the Pine Mountain Settlement School. The students listened to storytelling and folk danced.
Amanda Yates, an English teacher at the Capital Day School, said the field trip was an opportunity for her students to experience Appalachian culture and break down stereotypes.
“We are appreciating our differences and seeing how we are alike,” said Yates. “There is no other way to see it unless you are here and see it.”
The two classes will read “Z for Zachariah” by Robert C. O’Brien next semester and discuss what they have read via Skype.