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Atkinson Elementary students learn about mountain traditions

Students from Atkinson Elementary School recently spent the day at Camp Pinnacle in Hendersonville, where they learned what life in the mountains was like in the 1800s. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

After being put on hold for 11 years, a school tradition has resumed. It's a schoolwide trip where students travel back in time to enjoy and appreciate their mountain heritage.

Students from Atkinson Elementary School recently spent the day at Camp Pinnacle in Hendersonville, where they learned what life in the mountains was like in the 1800s.

They said the field trip is a good opportunity for active learning.

"We were learning about the Cherokee and what they use to do, how they shucked corn and stuff like that," student Corbin said.

"I don't like being in the classroom all day. I like to have some fresh air," student Sarah said.

And students get to see how useful yarn can be -- like weaving it into cloth to make clothes or even creating a toy, like a button spinner, with it.

The annual field trip started in 1995 but ended in 2006. Now, 11 years later, students and staff made the trip again. They said it was a good decision and they hope they get to visit Camp Pinnacle again next year.

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