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Draper Park 
Middle Civil War Reenactment

By Mimi Darley Dutton

Civil War scenes came to life at Draper Park Middle School on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend as eighth grade students hosted the school’s annual Civil War Camp Day. Shouts of “Ready, aim, fire!” and “Forward, march!” were heard along with the sounds of cannons and guns being fired in the field behind the school where Confederate and Union troops faced off in “battles,” each with their flags flying. After the battles, “wounded” troops were carried to the Triage tent where students there explained the gruesome process of performing amputations without any pain medication, let alone gloves for sanitation. Several other tents and stations were set up on the campus as well, depicting scenes of how soldiers might have spent their down-time doing activities such as a simple form of baseball and other games or crafts. Even Abraham Lincoln was seen walking the grounds and speaking to those gathered.

In preparation for the event, all eighth grade students study Civil War history. Their studies include analyzing documents like the Gettysburg Address and reading books such as A Soldier’s Heart. Each eighth grade student then chooses a role to play on Civil War Camp Day and prepares for that role by doing research, writing speeches and dressing in historically appropriate clothing. Then they host the school’s sixth and seventh grade students by giving them tours and telling what they’d learned about the Civil War. The hands-on learning experience is a tradition that has taken place annually since the school’s opening.

CCHS Costa Rica Trip

In April, several Corner Canyon High School students and their families and teachers traveled to Costa Rica over Spring Break. Students in Spanish classes were nominated to go for an immersion trip to practice their language skills and experience Latin culture. Some of the activities included river rafting, zip-lining, eco tours in Tortuguero, a hike to Arenal Volcano and a tour of a cacao plantation. The trip was led by CCHS Spanish teachers, Andrew VanWagenen and Charla Young, and students enjoyed their time greatly. Julia Pacheco, class of 2016 said, “I love the friends I made and I’m so glad I got to experience beautiful Costa Rica with them.” Chloe Benton, class of 2019, said, “Costa Rica was amazing. It was so fun. But the best part was meeting new people that I had never even seen at school before.”

Fall Outdoor Soccer Registration

Registration for soccer for boys and girls in Pre-K to seventh grade ends July 6 at 5:00 p.m. Registration includes seven games, matching uniform (top, shirt and socks), pictures, awards and equipment. Games will be played at 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. at Galena Park or Steep Mountain Park, and begin August 23. All play is “small sided soccer,” which is best for recreational leagues by providing more playing time, more “touches” on the ball, more shots, more scoring, better passing, more development opportunities, more “one on one” time with coach, better utilization of fields and more opportunity for exercise. Draper.Ut.Us

Adult Fall Softball Registration

A new season, a new start! Softball in the fall is a great sport. Grab some friends, get a team, and enjoy a fall night game under the lights at Galena Park. This is a short, seven game season (no post season or stats). Awards given to season champs, but mostly just play for fun. USSSA league with modified rules. Registration ends August 2, and games begin August 30. Draper.Ut.Us

The Three Musketeers 
at Draper Historic Theater

Presented by Cobb&CO Theatre Productions and the Draper Historic Theatre, The Three Musketeers is set in the year 1625 and tells the story of young D’Artagnan, who befriends musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis. See what happens when they get involved in the affairs of the state and court when this show hits the DHT stage, July 8-18 at 7:00 p.m., with matinees on July 9 and 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Wasatch Mountain Club Hikes

The Wasatch Mountain Club hosts hikes in the Corner Canyon area every Monday evening thru September. Meet at 6:00 pm at the north end of the Andy Ballard Equestrian Center located at 1600 East Highland Drive (approximately 13450 South). Activity registration and Wasatch Mountain Club membership is not required. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to come check out the club.