The third grade year at St. Mark’s is full of learning about our state and city’s history. The annual “Florida day” celebration was held this year on Thursday, April 19 and included a pageant about the First Coast’s rich history going back to the French explorers and the founding of the nation’s oldest city in nearby Saint Augustine.
The play featured numerous colorful characters from the First Coast and Florida’s history such as Jean Ribault, Pedro Menendez, Henry Flagler, Henry Klutho, and of course, Andrew Jackson, for whom our beautiful city is named. As their encore, the students sang “Down In Jacksonville,” in recognition of Mrs. Margaret Forrester, who was the first 3rd grade teacher at St. Mark’s. The song was written by Forrester for the local history show “Down In Jacksonville” on Channel 4, for which she was the host. Forrester’s two grandchildren attend St. Mark’s and her daughter is a teacher in the Early Learning Program.
Immediately following the program the students will presented a living history museum where they will proudly presented their characters to family and friends. A county shoebox parade representing every county in the state of Florida, and a “Taste of Jacksonville” where sample foods from all across the state were offered rounded out the festivities. The students have been preparing for this day since the beginning of the school of the school year by building dioramas and models exhibiting famous locations and historical buildings throughout the state of Florida.
A downloadable photo album (with additional pictures) for parents is available on the third grade pages in OnCampus.