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Davison students take trip back in time to 150-year-old school house

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DAVISON (WJRT) - (06/12/14) - The school year is almost over, but Thursday, history came alive in Davison for a young audience.

A group of Gates Elementary second graders took a trip back in time.

Just in the door and already, the 150-year-old school house seems foreign to today's second graders.

"You can hear me much better in here. We don't have that busy road. Keep in mind that busy road would be much quieter back then," said Mrs. Shade, Kitchen School teacher.

'Back then' is the 1800's, when life was much different.

Christian Bush brings her Gates Elementary class there each year.

"This is the culminating activity for our Davison history unit. We learn about school and life in the past and compare it with the present," she said.

"I wish I went to school here actually," said 8-year-old Kieley James.

"I thought it was pretty cool that you could see all of the different stuff from old days, from new days," said 8-year-old Sawyer Jones.

The old days are unrecognizable to these 8 year olds, but not to 98-year-old Genevive Barhitte.

Mrs. Bush's grandmother, Genevieve, helps teach the kids about what life was like when she was a little girl, attending a one room school house like this one.

"I can't help but think how wonderful it is for the children today, who have so much to work with that we didn't have. I just kinda wonder if we ever taught the children anything at all because we had so little to work with, but many of them turned out very well," she said, laughing.

This building hasn't been used as a real school since 1957, but if the walls could talk - these kids might like to listen.
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