In my school, Henderson Elementary in Alameden, this trip was a highlight as we loaded yellow/orange school busses, toting our lunch boxes and everything else that 4th graders carry, to go tour mission San Jose.
We were to learn all about the missions along with California history, culminating in the BIG PROJECT of the year.
Each student had to make his or her own rendition of the mission and give a presentation in class on the things they learned.
Oh, I worked so hard on my project! I built mission San Jose out of sugar cubes…carried it the 1 1/2 blocks to school, and waited anxiously to give my presentation in front of my class of 22 students and my teacher.
From this point on, history has been a fascination for me. And I love traveling and finding out the history in the area. I will often turn down tours of quilt shops for a historical site instead. We are who we are where we are because of those who came before us.