Canal Days gives Phoenix students a glimpse into local history

For more than three decades, fourth-graders from Michael A. Maroun Elementary School have learned what life was like during the Industrial Revolution through the early 1900s as part of the annual Canal Days celebration.

This year’s Phoenix fourth-graders continued that tradition June 7 as they walked along the Oswego River and explored various exhibits and demonstrations that reflected days gone by. Students experienced life during the 1800s and early 1900s during Canal Days as they examined antiques, played with toys from a different era, churned ice cream, made candles and learned about the mechanics of the canal system.

Some students were even put to work as they did laundry using an old washboard, caned chairs and sewed clothing alongside experts dressed in period costume.

According to the fourth-grade teaching team, Canal Days are a great way for the students to connect what they learned in the classroom with real-life, hands-on experiences. The students recently wrapped up a unit on the canal system and its impact on trade, travel, communities and business.