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November 28, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the American Sign Museum

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On Tuesday, November 28, TRECA Digital Academy students participated in a tour of the American Sign Museum! The walking tour encompassed 100 years of sign history, from the late 1800’s through the 1970’s. Students learned about the history of American signage by exploring the “signs of the times.” Signs were split into different eras, and students learned about unique techniques used and design characteristics from each era. The eras consisted of the pre-electric era, the light bulb era, the neon era, and the plastics era. Students also learned about “trade signs” that were made into a shape of an object to represent an industry or field. This was helpful for people who were not able to read, as the symbolism of the sign visually indicated the function of a business. We learned a lot on our field trip to the American Sign Museum! Thank you to all our families who attended!

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November 17, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the Spangler Candy Company

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On Friday, November 17, TRECA Digital Academy students went on a field trip to the Spangler Candy Company in Bryan, OH. The visit began with a scavenger hunt in the Spangler museum that featured historical artifacts and product samples from years past. We learned that in 1906, Arthur Spangler bought the Gold Leaf Baking Powder Company for $450. Spangler moved the company to Bryan, OH and renamed it the Spangler Manufacturing Company. In 1911, they ventured into the candy business, and by 1920 all of their products were candy!

After the scavenger hunt, students hopped on the Dum Dums Trolley and toured the facility! Students learned how they made Dum Dums, Saf-T-Pops, Circus Peanuts, and candy canes! On the tour, students experienced the flavor room, pack out area, laboratory, and more! Spangler makes 10,000 Dum Dums every minute, totaling 12 million every day. They are also the only company left in the United States that makes candy canes, which we learned was a very difficult process! Students and families really enjoyed learning about the candy making process! Thank you to the Spangler Candy Company for a great field trip!

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October 26, 2017

Digital Academy students visit Hale Farm & Village

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On Thursday, October 26, TRECA Digital Academy students went on a field trip to Hale Farm & Village! Students took a self-guided tour of the village and learned how families lived, worked, and played in the Western Reserve. Students were able to see the first settlement cabin, and learned where the phrase “night night, sleep tight” came from, why a dollar is referred to as a “buck,” and all about the barter system. Students saw live demonstrations at the Blacksmith Shop and at the Glassblower’s Shop. They learned how glass is made and what you can do to color the glass. Student then visited the General Store and compared the cost of things back then to now. We also stopped to see the Meetinghouse and the Goldsmith House, and learned that the color yellow was a status symbol in that era. We ended our visit at the Hale Farm Barn and learned about the different animals they had, where they came from, and what their purpose was. Some of the students even took turns grinding up corn. It was a beautiful day to tour the village! Thank you to our families and everyone at the village for a great day!

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October 25, 2017

Digital Academy students visit the Learning Tree Farm

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On Wednesday, October 25, TRECA Digital Academy students visited the Learning Tree Farm. It was a chilly day, but students were bundled up and ready to learn! Students toured the farm and learned all about pioneer living. They visited the 1800’s farmhouse and saw the toys children played with back then. They also toured the bank barn that was built to protect the animals from the cold. Students were able to meet several animals including goats, baby pigs, and even took turns catching and holding chickens! They learned that ducks produce more eggs than chickens, and it takes 24 hours for a chicken to lay an egg. After visiting the barn, students toured the garden and learned about different kinds of plants. They were able to taste test radishes, green peppers, sugar leaf, and peas. The day ended with a hike in the woods and a trip to the pumpkin patch. It was a fun-filled day on the farm! Thank you to all the families that joined us, and thank you to the Learning Tree Farm for having us!

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October 13, 2017

Student makes trip to Texas to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

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Frank Crotinger, 10th grader at TRECA Digital Academy, recently made a trip to Houston, Texas with his church to help victims of hurricane Harvey. When they arrived, they could immediately see the destruction. There were piles of drywall, cabinets, bathroom sinks, toilets, and furniture sitting on the curb of every house. They quickly went to work moving all the bad furniture to the curb, removing drywall, and treating the mold. Frank shared, “In many ways the clean-up is worse than the hurricane itself, and the hurricane victims could still use a lot of help! They’ve never been put in a situation like this before and it requires a lot of time and money.” He admitted that the trip was a lot of hard work, but by the end, he was really glad he went.

Thank you for sharing your trip with us Frank! It sounds like you made a big difference in the lives of many!

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