During a recent field trip, first-grade students at Three Fires
Elementary School were transported back in time as they spent a day
learning in the Lyon School, a 19th-century one-room schoolhouse in
Brighton. Dressed in period clothing, students experienced what a
typical day of school looked like before modern technology and
conveniences. Roz Vertin, a retired Howell Public Schools teacher,
served as the teacher for the day.
The day began as students said
good morning to Vertin and took their seats. Vertin and the students
then discussed differences between the Lyon School and their classroom
at Three Fires Elementary. Following that, the class broke into three
groups. One group worked with Vertin on reading from McGruffey Readers
while another practiced their writing on chalkboard slates. The third
group practiced word sounds by playing a game of Lingo. Following their
lessons, students enjoyed a picnic lunch and enjoyed playing with toys
from the period.
“We learned about what they did in school long
ago,” said Lea, Three Fires Elementary first-grade student. Lea’s
favorite part of the trip was getting to write with chalk on the slates.
Lyon School is a fully restored one-room schoolhouse built in 1885 that
served the community for more than 60 years. It has also served as the
Brighton Township Hall and is currently the headquarters of the Brighton
Area Historical Society.