Saltillo students travel through the decades

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

SALTILLO – Lily Hill’s favorite year is 1950.
The 8-year-old third-grader’s preference has nothing to do with a memory from a year that occurred more than 50 years before she was born. It has more to do with fashion.
“They had lots of pearls, and I like pearls,” she said on Thursday night inside her school’s multipurpose building. “They also had lots of wigs.”
Lily had the opportunity to wear both on Thursday when discovery classes at the third- to fifth-grade school celebrated “Discover the Decades Night.” She and classmate Jacob Robinson, 9, represented Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. She had a green period dress, red wig and long pearl necklace; he wore a coat and tie and slicked his hair.
Thursday’s events culminated a five-week period in which the school’s roughly 180 gifted students studied each of the decades from the 1950s through the 1990s. No, these kids were not alive during the 1990s.
They studied art, music, science, inventions and lifestyles of each decade. Each student then had to make a project on a person, event or object from one of those decades. On Thursday, the students dressed in character and showed off the poster boards they made to their parents. They also danced to three songs that spanned the decades, “Do You Love Me,” “Staying Alive,” and “Macarena.”
“It is important for them to learn about the decades,” said Saltillo Elementary discovery teacher Peggy Tubbs. “They are looking into things they never knew about, and it opens doors.”
Fourth-graders Frankie Wilson, 9, and Brody Morgan, 9, did their project on LEGOs, which were actually invented in the 1950s, a fact that surprised Frankie.
“I thought they were made in the early ’40s,” he said. “I thought they were made a long time ago.”
Brody dressed up as a LEGO man with a square suit made from poster boards and a yellow peg head created from craft foam.
“We know what we’re going to be for Halloween this year,” said his mother, Susan Morgan.
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com