Local Civil War Reenactor Visits the Riley School

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 11:45am

This week the Riley School U.S. History class was visited by local Civil War reenactor, Dave Sulin.  Dave loves to share his 40 plus years of studying and reenacting Civil War battles by visiting schools and clubs with his era artifacts and stories of the past.  Here he is showing Riley Upper School children (ages 12-14 yrs) various weaponry, clothing, and eating utensils. Herb Cole, U.S. History facilitator at Riley, was invited to wear a southern uniform and noted how scratchy the wool pants were. Dave also focused on the connection with Rockland, Maine and how Maine played an important role in the battle of Gettysburg. This visit is part of a series of special activities integrated within the Upper School U.S. History curriculum this spring. The class has visited Fort Knox, the Knox Mansion, and the State House including a conversation with Senator Miramont and a handshake with Governor Mills.  Their next trip is to Joshua Chamberlain’s House, in Brunswick.

The Riley School guides children to become independent, lifelong learners and innovative thinkers. Founded as a progressive, ungraded elementary school in 1972, Riley recognizes each child’s unique learning style.  The individualized curriculum challenges children to express themselves and develop their own, intellectual and creative capabilities through doing, questioning and by discovery. 

Accredited by the New England Association of School and Colleges and the Maine State Department of Education, Riley School enrolls children K-9th grade, and  2 – 4 years for the Wade Acres pre-school program. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019-20 school year. For more information visit www.rileyschool.org and call the office 207-594-6405 to schedule a visit.