Spring View Middle School students will experience social studies in real life, or #IRL, on Wednesday, June 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. when knights, dames, Vikings, Confederate cavalry, a Union general and more historical figures descend upon the campus in Huntington Beach.
Spring View will host Living History Day for sixth through eighth grades. Students will explore history through presentations and hands-on activities with a host of re-enactors. The day includes an interactive performance by the multicultural theater group, Will and Company, of Homer’s “The Odyssey.” It’s part of the sixth grade’s Greek mythology studies with the final performance at 1 p.m.
Seventh graders will be introduced to textiles, weaponry, runes, food and a battle by Vikings. They will then meet knights, dames and ladies from daily life in the Adrian Empire before viewing a “battle.” Also during the day, eighth grade students will learn about Civil War reporting, women’s roles in the Civil War and daily life, and meet Union and Confederate soldiers.
According to Spring View teacher and event coordinator Stacey Pettit, students love interacting with the re-enactors and watching them perform, particularly when they battle in armor with historic weaponry.
This is the seventh year of Living History Day at Spring View, 16662 Trudy Lane. Spring View is part of the Ocean View School District, which serves the northern portion of Huntington Beach, as well as parts of Fountain Valley, Westminster and Midway City.