On Wednesday, grade 3 students celebrated Dress for History Day by wearing costumes inspired by modes of dress from different cultures and historical periods. The costumes, each made by a student on a small budget, were worn throughout the school day and included miners, hippies and Civil War veterans.
“The idea behind Dress for History Day is to give students the opportunity to explore the past in a different way and to use their creative problem-solving skills to come up with a costume,” said history teacher Heidi Gough, who started the annual project in 2009.
Students were given their choice of any historical period and used their creativity and knowledge of that period’s dress to create a costume without spending more than $10. They also were asked to be ready to explain the history behind the outfits they made.
“I believe strongly in giving students choice in how they learn and what they do, both to develop creativity and keep curiosity at the forefront of learning whenever possible,” Gough said. “This seemed like a fun way to do that.”
To see how Harker makes history come alive throughout the school, check out the Harker Magazine article published last summer!