Agriplex celebrates Alabama Bicentennial

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Heritage Homeschool students received an Alabama-shaped box to mark important cities and store what they received from the program Thursday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Alabama Bicentennial is drawing closer, and Heritage Homeschool students at the North Alabama Agriplex on Thursday morning learned all about it. The program began with retired Cullman County educator Polly Easterwood singing songs like “Clementine,” “You are My Sunshine” and the state song, “Alabama.” As a special treat for the holidays, Easterwood also sang “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

After learning songs with Easterwood, students rotated through three stations where they learned about Alabama’s important cities, agriculture and wildlife.

“Today’s program was to celebrate the birthday of Alabama in conjunction with what the city is doing and we talked the commodities of Alabama, we did a little bit of geography and we learned about the animals and the symbols of the state,” said Agriplex Educator Kathy Lee.

After all the students experienced each group rotation, they sang “Happy Birthday’ to Alabama and got to enjoy a yummy birthday cake!

The Heritage Homeschool program is a series of hands-on programs offered by the Agriplex for homeschoolers and their parents once a month. The program is held on select Thursdays through the year from 9-11 a.m. at the Agriplex. Class fees are $8 per child, adults are free and there’s a max program cost of $16 per family, with registration required. Visit agriplex.org to register online.

Alabama Bicentennial Extravaganza

The Cullman County Bicentennial Committee is celebrating Alabama’s Bicentennial Extravaganza Dec. 14, 2019 at 5 p.m. at Depot Park. Live music, free hot chocolate and fireworks! Free to the public. Celebrate our state’s birthday- a once in a lifetime opportunity for all!

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Retired Cullman County educator Polly Easterwood sang songs that were popular through Alabama’s history to Heritage Homeschool students Thursday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)