"The whole purpose of
education is to turn mirrors into windows." Sydney J.
Connecting our youth with Western North Carolina's
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The "Traveling Transylvania Trunk" was an
absolutely wonderful learning tool for my fourth graders. The amount of time and energy that was
taken to pull materials and construct lessons for this trunk was phenomenal and the excitement over
the trunk and its contents was awesome. The lessons included in the trunk were right on track for
fourth graders and covered many content areas. Students were able to learn so much about the
history and economy of our county by analyzing photographs and artifacts. By allowing students to
wear gloves and use magnifying glasses during these lessons, the students felt as if they were
detectives searching through decades of Transylvania's history.