Students at Destin Elementary School learn what it takes to be a pilgrim

Heather Osbourne | 315-4440 | @heatheronwfdn |
Students were asked to clip a bowl full of green beans during Pilgrim Chore Day at the school. [NICK TOMECEK/THE LOG]

From shucking corn to milking a cow, students at Destin Elementary School adopted the chores of pilgrim children Friday.

"We're doing chores like pilgrims!" said Addison Lehrmann, a kindergartner at Destin Elementary, who practiced drawing the number eight on a slate Friday. "Pilgrim chores are a lot harder."

The student's teacher, Emily Stephens, said she organized the event to teach the children how to compare present times to times past.

"Children must dig potatoes, snap beans, milk a cow, churn butter, write on a slate and wash clothes with a wash board," Stephens said. "All of these things are compared to things at their own house, like make their beds, washing dishes and taking out the trash."

At the end of the day, students would compare chores and decide who had harder lifestyles, the pilgrims or children today.

"This is important because this is part of historical knowledge as well as the celebration of Thanksgiving coming up," Stephens said. "Our children need to be grounded in where our country has been and how we have evolved into our society today."