Ben Franklin, with an army of fifth graders, invade FHSU

Over 300 5th grade students converged today on the Fort Hays State University campus to participate in the annual Ben Franklin papers educational day.

The event was sponsored by the American Democracy Project.

“The goal of this event is to allow as many people as possible to see Ben Franklin’s papers, starting with the young minds of the Hays community,” Anne Drees, Hays senior and student coordinator of the ADP, said in a press release. “This event is a great way to engage children in activities that reflect the life of Ben Franklin.”

A part of the event was the display of two handwritten letters from Franklin and two original pages of the Pennsylvania Gazette. These items were donated by FHSU alumnus Dr. Cecil Currey.

The 5th grade students were guided through stations where they learned about franklin though various methods by members of the Social Studies Methods course, taught by Sue Boldra.

The students were also served refreshments by Daughters of the American Revolution.

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