To the editor:
Thank you for your recent coverage of Living History Day. As you know organizing and coordinating an event such as this is the work of MANY people and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all those who were involved.
Living History Day was the culminating activity in a yearlong project between the Fort la Presentation Association, Heuvelton Central School (lead school), Madrid Waddington Central School, and Ogdensburg City School District. The main objective was to bring local history (specifically our region’s role in the French and Indian War) to life for students using an interdisciplinary approach.
This year our project was part of a BOCES coser, which would not have been possible without the assistance of Asst. Superintendent Stephen Todd and Debbie Champagne. When the rain kept coming City Recreation Director Matt Curatolo saved the day by allowing us to use Lockwood Arena, so we are very grateful for his and his staff’s help.
At Heuvelton Central School I would like to recognize and thank Superintendent Susan Todd, Principal Michael Warden, and the Board of Education for their encouragement and support. This project would not have been possible without the fantastic teachers I work with, so kudos to Ron Jacobs, Jennifer Gray, Josh McAllister, Ted Schulz, Sonia Johnston, Mary Rasmussen, Lynette Piercey, Ashley Havens, Marsha Hough, Marie Cook and Town of Lisbon Historian/TA Nancy LaFaver. Thanks also to Steve Adams, Cindy Merritt, and Bill Rupp for food and transportation.
At Madrid Waddington Central School I would like to thank Principal Joe Ruddy and teacher Justin Richards for jumping in with both feet. At Ogdensburg City Schools thanks go to Superintendent Tim Vernsey, Principal Kevin Kendall, teachers Julie Johnson and Christina Montpetit, and head of building and grounds, Jim Bouchey.
Living History Day would not have been possible without the hard work of the Fort la Presentation members and historical reenactors. So thank you Tim Cryderman, John Miller III, Barbara O’Keefe, Jim Hough, Michael Whittaker, Sue McLean, Harry Needham, Dan Buckley, Steve Douglas, Grover and Karen Katzman, Marty and Mickey Snye, Rick Salazar, Tim Abel, Sally Hartman, Robin Duncan, Steve Chambers, George Cherepon, Linda McKeel, the St. Lawrence County Trapper’s Association and Joe Cosentino. Finally, I would like to thank the Fort’s education committee for their ideas, support and hard work.
Last but certainly not least, a big thank you to the Heuvelton PTA, the Heuvelton Teacher’s Association and Ogdensburg Education Association for donating funds to make Living History Day possible and the Heuvelton and Ogdensburg Lions Clubs for providing refreshments and volunteers.
Fort la Presentation Association