Student Work Helps Win Honor for Local Historical Society

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As part of their social studies curriculum, Setauket Elementary School fourth grade students learn about the rich history of their local communities, including the work of the Culper Spy Ring organized during the height of the American Revolutionary War. 

Enamored by their community’s deep connection to this topic, two years ago the fourth grade classes teamed up to create short films about their studies as they took part in the community’s Founders Day celebrations. Founders Day, an annual event for fourth grade classes in the Three Village Central School District, is an exploration of the depth and diversity of Brookhaven’s original settlement in Setauket. The program is designed to complement the New York State curriculum and enhance students’ understanding of their local history. It includes a comprehensive presentation about the founding and development of the settlement, as well as guided walking tours of historically significant landmarks. 

The films the students created during the program captured the attention of the Three Village Historical Society and were subsequently used to help the organization win an Award of Excellence for Founders Day by the American Association for State and Local History. As a result of this effort, the students, who are current sixth graders at Setauket, and members of the Historical Society were recently honored at the school and presented with special proclamations from Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine and Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn.