Let’s revisit special days at Graland School. As always, with thanks to Mrs. Gorham.
“The spring Pioneer Day had an interesting beginning. One day we found an old stage coach in a stable on our way to visit Brookridge Farm Diary. The owner agreed to rent it . . . for a day so that the children studying American history could discover at first hand what it was like to ride across prairies in such a vehicle. We took lunches and spent the driving east and back, with children taking turns beside the driver. Other grades were invited to join us. It was a phenomenal success.
“After this simple beginning, year after year, Pioneer Day became a major event. The whole school went by coach, wagon, the Glasier family’s hayrack, or any early-day conveyance, out on the Smoky Hill Trail to have a pioneer meal cooked over a campfire, to hunt arrowheads, and to square dance. Everyone dressed in old-fashioned clothes: the boys wore overalls; the girls wore long dresses or blouses and skirts and sunbonnets.
“Pioneer Day was great fun -- a day much anticipated and long remembered. Also, every few years, in the spring the school had a fair much like the carnival we have now.”
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.