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Collaborating with our school community

We love to welcome schools into our building for educational programs! Below are some examples of ways the youth in our community have benefited from spending time at the OHS. If you have an idea for how your child's class could participate in our programs, contact us!

225 Bday
Orleans' 225th Birthday
Student drawing of windmill

History and geography of Massachusetts are central to the third-grade curriculum throughout the Commonwealth. Yet the 225th anniversary of Orleans’ incorporation recently made Social Studies lessons for 28 third-graders at Orleans Elementary School (OES) even more special...

Read full article by Jay Stradal

View historical photos and student drawings

History Day

Each spring, thanks to a donation from Len and Jean Tomat and a donation from Cape Cod Five, the fourth grade students at Orleans Elementary School participate in History Day, where they learn what it was like to live in the days before electricity, cars, computers, and other modern technology. They take part in hands-on activities like quilting and woodworking, visit Nauset Beach to learn about our maritime history, and tour the Jonathan Young Windmill.

Heritage Day

Each fall, thanks to a donation from the Len & Jean Tomat fund, the fifth grade students who participated in History Day as fourth graders return for Heritage Day, where they visit Town Hall  and speak with town officials to learn about local government. They also return to our Meeting House where they focus on a particular historical topic in detail. Heritage Day culminates in December with an exhibit of student artwork based on this topic. Parents, relatives, and friends join the students, volunteers and OHS staff and Board members for a special reception honoring the young artists.

CG36500 Visits

School groups from as nearby as Nauset Middle School and as far away as Belgium have visited the CG36500 for a chance to board the boat and hear its story from our volunteer interpreters. If you would like to bring a group to see the boat, please contact us.

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