Rikki Davenport is our Curator of Education and oversees everything student related (plus a whole lot more) at Drayton Hall. Read on for some thoughts on our most recent season of programs for students at Drayton Hall.
I love fall at Drayton Hall. The days are sunny, the humidity is gone, and children are everywhere! Our fall education season had 4,450 students, teachers, and chaperones dotting our landscape as they participated in a variety of our education programs. From investigating an 18th century building to colonial cooking and camp life for soldiers, our young historians learned about the role of Drayton Hall in American history and how that history connects to their own lives.
Nearly 3,000 of our students were fourth graders from Charleston County schools. Each of these fourth grade students participated in pre- and post- program testing to measure their growth in content knowledge in topics such as colonial life and the American Revolution. We are pleased to report a nearly 20% increase in the post-program test scores over the pre-program test scores. We are very proud of our local fourth graders and all of our visiting students who understand the importance of history and serve as wonderful ambassadors for Drayton Hall.
Two of our fall season participates had this to say:
“This place is really great! You can learn all about social studies here.” –Jackson, fourth grader from JB Edwards in Mt. Pleasant
“I was one of the 4th grade teachers who had the privilege of joining our students on this trip (The American Revolution: War Comes to Drayton Hall). Thank you again for an outstanding learning experience outside of the classroom. The kids really enjoyed it. Thanks again for everything and the great comments you made about our kids.”
Laura Ann Shaw, BS Ed.
Fourth Grade Team
Charleston Progressive Academy