GOAL Students Tour Laurel

Mason Elementary GOAL classes have been studying the history of Laurel and discussing the importance of small town culture.  The students have researched how Laurel began, the various businesses that helped put Laurel on the map, the architectural styles of early 19th century buildings, and the important city jobs and volunteer opportunities that keep Laurel running smoothly. They even researched the awesome opportunities Laurel presently offers, such as small business opportunities, the unique art culture, and the new HGTV show “Home Town.”

On, September 19th and 20th, Mason’s GOAL classes took a field trip to explore downtown Laurel.  Jim Raspberry of Raspberry Financial and Laurel School District board member, volunteered to take the GOAL classes on a tour. 

The tour started at the Laurel Welcome Center, which is the old First National Bank, where Mr. Raspberry showed the students a Lindsey wagon and explained some important historical facts to the students.  Then Mr. Rasberry took the students to the Knight Butcher Shop, Pine Hurst Park, City Hall, Sweet Somethings, Talk Radio Station, Pearls, and ended at Laurel Mercantile, explaining the important history and pointing out special features of the historical buildings along the way.

After the tour, the students enjoyed lunch at  Lee’s Coffee and Tea, where they ran into Laurel’s Mayor Johnny Magee.  Luckily, Mayor Magee took time for a photo with the students!

The students’ last stop was for dessert at Shug’s, Laurel’s new downtown candy shop.  Amanda Mathews, who is a Speech Pathologist with the Laurel School District and also a co-owner of Shug’s, shared with the students the history of the building Shug’s is located in and also taught them about  how chocolate is made.  The students then were able to get in Shug’s kitchen and dip pretzel sticks in chocolate for a sweet treat.  The students enjoyed the experience and learned a lot.

 A successful unit of study ends with a student’s comment such as this, “Hey, we actually got to see what we learned about in the classroom!”  The students were truly engaged and excited about seeing what they researched and proud that it was in their Home Town!


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