West Hartford’s Bugbee Elementary School first-graders celebrated Johnny Appleseed Day on Thursday with a variety of activities.
Submitted by Tricia Rose
In a wonderful tradition of more than 20 years, Bugbee Elementary School’s first grade celebrated National Johnny Appleseed Day with an outdoor celebration on Thursday, Sept. 27. Under the direction of the first grade teachers, and supported by Principal Kelly Brouse and many volunteer parents, it was a day filled with learning, games and lots of fun!
All week long the children learned about the life and contributions of Johnny Appleseed, who was born John Chapman in Massachusetts on Sept. 26, 1774. They learned how he headed west, planting apple trees across the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
The children celebrated the day by not only tasting different varieties of apples and voting for their favorites, but also by guessing the length of an apple peel, playing pass the “hot apple,” running a relay race dressed as Johnny Appleseed, balancing apples on spoons in a relay, and creating crafts with apple halves dipped in paint.
The event culminated with Johnny Appleseed himself arriving through the woods! Johnny, played by West Hartford resident Steven Twist, visited 56 very excited Bugbee children, told his story, and answered their questions. He brought history to life, and shared important lessons about education and conservationism.
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