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Lewis County Students Learn About Their Heritage

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It's an annual tradition at Peterson Central Elementary School in Lewis County, and this year it's bigger than ever. The school held its annual Heritage Day, featuring 12 different activities for students to enjoy. School staff said they want the kids to know just how different things used to be early in the state's history.

"It's important that they understand how, sometimes, just how easy they have it. Like you said, they're not going to be making butter, out churning it, they're not going to be making the apple butter, and it's surprising how eye-opening it is for some of the kids," said Peterson Central's Steve Hall.

In some cases, kids may not even know where some of their favorite products come from. In other cases, they may just be dead wrong.

"there are a lot of boys and girls, they've already said today, I ask them where butter comes form, and one little girl said 'eggs,'" said Clara Mae Spray, who was showing kids how to make butter by hand.

Butter isn't the only thing they learned about. Presenters also showed how things like candles and apple cider were made in the early days of the state, and also demonstrated some music of the times. Hall said seeing all these things firsthand can give the kids some pride in their home state.

"Sometimes the kids don't understand, so it's good that they understand that this stuff is West Virginia stuff, not just from anywhere else," said Hall.