Mars Hill Academy Fourth Grade Students Celebrate Monk Day

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Fourth-grader George Lang of Mason copies Scripture by hand.

MASON, OH -- The medieval fourth-grade barbarians of fall semester have been christianized! As part of their yearlong study of the Middle Ages, the Mars Hill Academy students became monks and nuns after studying about Medieval monasteries and monks like St. Francis and St. Benedict. 

Mars Hill Academy fourth grade students (from left) Caroline Leonard of Liberty Twp., Allie Heidenreich of West Chester Twp., Margaret Cernucan of Mason, and Ryanne Franks of Hamilton Twp. help plant seeds with Grammar School Principal James Waldy.

During Monk Day they gave alms to the poor, labored by planting seeds with Principal James Waldy, copied Scripture by hand, and ate simple monk fare in silence. Earlier in the year, the students celebrated Barbarian Day as they concluded their studies of early Medieval Barbarians who attempted to conquer Rome and significantly influenced European history.

Fourth-grader Jesse Atkinson of South Lebanon enjoys eating simple monk fare in silence.

Photos and Story by Lisa Knodel

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