Speakeasy Day was an opportunity to have students go back in time to the 1920s.
At Thoreau Middle School, Speakeasy Day is the opportunity for students to showcase projects that immerse them in the culture of the roaring 20s.
Seventh grader Nathaniel Kurtis was preparing to present his model of a truck and plane. “Before I chose this project, I didn’t know a lot about assembly lines or transportation in the 1920s, but now I know about how it was revolutionary and very efficient,” Kurtis said. “It made cars easier to buy and cheaper to make and sell, which led to more businesses like gas stations, restaurants, and airplanes.”
“We are doing the 1920s, because it’s a fun time period for students to learn about,” said seventh grade teacher Kill Rausch as she finished last minute decorations and set out food. “The next unit is the Great Depression; so we’re not going to have a party with that. Projects for seventh grades can be daunting. But this set up with the gallery walk takes away the anxiety.”