A Town Gives Thanks, Then and Now


Livingston fifth and second graders are participating in special social studies curriculum on “Being Thankful: Then and Now” as part of the Livingston at 200 celebration.

The students will present a program on their work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 20 at the Livingston Public Library.

The program has been created through the joint efforts of the school district, Livingston Citizens’ Institute, and the library. It will include an interactive lecture by Mike Dennis on what Livingston residents were thankful for back in 1813.

“Our students and teachers have come up with thoughts and information that will open all of us to new ways of experiencing Thanksgiving in this bicentennial year,” said Chris Bickel, the K-12 social studies supervisor.

To explore the idea of giving thanks in the past and present, the district’s second grade classes have filmed brief clips on an iPad titled, “What Are You Thankful For?” The presentation will be shown on the night of the program.

Fifth graders and teachers will enact “museum tableaus” depicting settlers in 1813 Livingston. The scenes, when touched, will briefly come alive to share information, and will then go back into “freeze” mode. The displays will revolve around the themes of food, celebration, family, and spirituality.

The program is open to the community and donations will be accepted for the CHOW food pantry.

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