Bringing History to Students

By Casey Killian

Bringing History to Students

January 10, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Vestal Middle School Teacher brings the Revolutionary War to life for students.

Students learned being a colonial soldier, or even a drummer boy, wasn't easy during the Revolutionary War.

The annual lesson in colonial history is presented by Jeffrey Spierling.

He's a seventh-grade social studies teacher.

Spierling used reproductions and some artifacts to teach students about the life, hardships and realities of war for American colonial soldiers.

Many of the props were funded by past grants from the Vestal School Foundation.

Spierling said, "I''m going to be explaining the difference between the British soldiers being trained and the use of their muskets and bayonet versus our Continental soldiers, our militia and I'm dressed as a Colonial Riflemen in a hunter's frock."

Spierling added, "I like to bring it to life for the students and show them something other than what's in a textbook or a picture on-line."

This is the sixth year of the Colonial Soldier Presentation.

Spierling says he enjoys giving the presentation and the students really get a better sense of history out of it, instead of just having it in the classroom.