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Dyer students creatively showcase Krum history

Wednesday morning, third-graders in Lisa Goff’s Gifted and Talented class gathered up their creations from a weeklong project they just completed. One group of students daintily folds up a timeline, which spans several feet, as another group carefully carries a paper model of a town. They are on their way to display the projects at the entrance of Hattie Dyer Elementary School. The town model is a student-crafted replica of Krum circa 1900s, and the timeline showcases the history of Krum from 1857 to present day.

Second- and third-graders in Goff’s GT class researched Krum’s history, reflected on patterns they found, created visual representations of the history, and discussed the effect of good citizenship.

“Krum is more famous than I thought it was; it has so much history,” said third-grader Carson McDonald, who noted that Krum was recognized for producing wheat.

Students researched Krum’s history online to gather photos and articles, which they posted on the timeline. Also, Goff worked with Kathryn Dodd of the Krum Heritage Museum to share information on the town’s history with students.

Many students found Krum’s origins to be quite interesting. In 1857, then-Gov. E.M. Pease granted 1,920 acres of land to the family of Charles Despallier, who died as an aide to William B. Travis at the Alamo. The land was then sold in a public auction for $40.

“Now you can’t even get a bag of dirt for that price,” third-grader Angelina Saied said.

Also posted on the timeline are several news articles covering a rash of Krum robberies that happened in 1954, 1959, and 1970.

“I didn’t know there were that many bank robberies,” third-grader Cooper Lear said.

Students also reflected on the patterns they found throughout Krum’s history. Third-grader Tiggie Mote said that the population growth indicates more people will move into Krum than out. Saied said she noticed that more businesses have moved into Krum over the years and predicts even more will arrive in the future.

As third-graders reflected on patterns, second-graders studied how good citizens change communities and wrote summaries of how families contributed to Krum. Students compiled their findings in a poster entitled, “Pioneers.”

In addition to the timeline, the group created a town replica out of some paper and glue -- and a lot of creativity. Students said there were a few mishaps along the way, which caused them to do some rebuilding, but the finished product is something the students are proud of.

“Even though it was really hard to make it was worth it,” Mote said. Another student said the project helped him gain skills he can use in the workforce.  

“We learned how to be better architects or construction workers if that’s what we want to do later in life,” one student said.
Overall, Goff said she enjoyed listening to the students’ reflections and thoughts on the project.

“It took a life of its own,” Goff said of the project.