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Medieval times at Nile Garden

Teacher brings 7th grade history to life

Post Date:05/15/2017 9:15 AM

Nile Garden Jacob DeRuyter 

Medieval times at Nile Garden 

Teacher brings 7th grade history to life

By Vince Rembulat

Jacob DeRuyter and Emma McLarty reigned over Friday’s Medieval Faire at Nile Garden Elementary School.

They were provided the honor to serve as king and queen at the annual event thanks to fellow students at the rural Manteca Unified site who cast their votes in favor of the two seventh graders.

“It was really cool being served,” said Queen Emma, who enjoyed a royal meal consisting of KFC chicken and fruit with a goblet of juice.

DeRuyter also enjoyed holding court among lords and ladies otherwise known as his classmates.

Eighth-grade students Dalton Hunter and Jonathan Lopez served as the royal guards. “Our job is to protect the king and queen,” Hunter said.

He was looking forward to the planned attack as part of Medieval Faire, which was once again organized by Social Studies teacher Timothy Lewis as a way of spicing things up for his seventh-grade students.

“Let’s face it, seventh-grade history can be pretty boring,” he said.

For the past 22 years, Lewis has used this memorable yearend event for his students to recreate life in the Middle Ages, in particular, Western Europe between the 9th and 15th centuries.

The seventh graders are involved in the Medieval Faire activities – jousting, dancing, singing, etc. – as taught and passed on by the eighth-grade students.

Hunter, for one, had a juicier role than that of the previous year. “I didn’t too much (last year) other than the dance,” he recalled.

For the past month, Hunter and Lopez, as guards, practiced on protecting the king and queen from a planned attack.

“It’s a short fight,” Hunter said. “We’re looking forward to it.”

Lewis, meanwhile, noted that the Medieval Faire has taken a life of its own in the time he took over the event from another teacher, who put together a renaissance fair.

While DeRuyter and McLarty are this year’s king and queen, ‘King’ Lewis is the supreme ruler of the Nile Garden event.

“I see some of my former students, who have great memories of the Medieval Faire,” he said.

Nile Garden Timothy Lewis and Dr. Clark Burke

Nile Garden Event Collage

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