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Experiencing RI history in Hopkinton

November 14, 2011

Photo by Anthony aRusso

Fourth grade students from Hope Valley Elementary School pose with teacher Denise Moretti-Foggo and members of the Hopkinton Historical Association outside of the Meeting House, directly across from Hopkinton Town Hall on Route 3.

HOPKINTON - Hope Valley Elementary Fourth Grade Social Studies Teacher Denise Moretti-Foggo believes that when students gain first-hand experience of what they are being taught, by seeing and touching, it helps them commit the knowledge to memory.

She had been teaching her students about the history of Rhode Island, and more specifically the history of Hopkinton, in recent weeks, in preparation for Historical Hopkinton: A Living History Day Field Trip.

The field trip, which took place on Thursday, Nov. 3, gave students the opportunity to travel around town with their teacher and members of the Hopkinton Historical Association to visit the sites that they have been learning about in the classroom.

“To actually get out and experience the things they have been learning in class,” Morettie-Foggo said,”it definitely helps them.”

Among the stops on the journey through town and through time, the students visited houses, churches, mills and other sites that played prominent rolls in Hopkinton’s history. The discussed the history of Dow Field, Main Street, Barber Hall, Depot Square, Hope Valley Dam and the Hopkinton Meeting house, among other sites.

For more information, pick up a copy of The Chariho Times.

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