Students listen to a museum guide.

Students tour the Arcadia Area Historical Museum.

Awesome Arcadia!
Onekama Students Learn About the Arcadia Community

Arcadia, Michigan is a serene, beautiful town that rests along the Lake Michigan shoreline. It is a community with a rich and interesting history.

On Friday, September 21, 2012, the third grade class of Onekama Consolidated Schools had the opportunity to spend the day learning about the past, present, and future of Arcadia. They were led by their teacher, Sally Catanese, who is a longtime resident of the community.

The first stop of the day was the Arcadia Area Historical Museum. Volunteers were on hand to lead students through the various exhibits. They especially enjoyed the area of the museum dedicated to Harriet Quimby, first lady of flight, who was born in Arcadia.

“I liked learning about The Minnehaha,” said third grader Evan Scarlata. “It was a REALLY big ship that sunk right in the water by Arcadia a long time ago.”

After the museum, students had lunch at the Pleasant Valley Community Center, which was the former Arcadia School building and now houses the community center and the Arcadia Library. Then, it was off to the Arcadia Ice Cream Shoppe, where students enjoyed dessert at the old-fashioned ice cream parlor.

“Best part of the day? Definitely the mango ice cream!” announced Madalyn Fox.

The final stop of the day was the public access beach in Arcadia on the shores of Lake Michigan. As an extension of the class’s study of natural resources, they participated in The Ocean Conservancy’s “International Coastal Clean-Up Program.” The program is a global effort to help students understand the scale and consequences of marine pollution by getting them involved in clean-up and data collection.

Working in small groups, the students covered a half-mile of Lake Michigan beach to record the types and quantities of debris and litter found on the beach. Their teacher properly disposed of all the trash, and then sent the results to the Ocean Conservancy as part of a large-scale effort to track and reduce coastal waste. Onekama students have participated in the Coastal Clean-Up Program for more than 15 years.
It was a full day for the students, who left with sandy feet, satisfied stomachs, and an appreciation for the many treasures to be found in the small town of Arcadia.

“My favorite part of the day was the room in the museum at the very top of the building,” said student Sophie Wisniski, referring to a room accessed by a spiral staircase on the third floor of the Arcadia Area Historical Museum. “From up there, you could see the whole beautiful town.”

Onekama student Daniel L. examines some
household tools and appliances at the museum.

Hunter H. learns about Max McArthur, a
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