History comes alive at Oneonta



 

 

Oneonta Elementary sixth-grade surround Maureen Harmon, who was guest speaker as the group studied the Great Depression. Affectionately known as “Mamo,” Mrs. Harmon is the great-grandmother of sixth-grader Emily Nash, daughter of Anthony and Paige Nash (Paige being Mrs. Harmon’s granddaughter). She talked to students about the CCC, WPA, and TVA, some of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs that personally impacted her family. Students were enthralled as she brought history alive when she spoke about the family’s Model A, Roosevelt’s fireside chats, chicken feed sack dresses, lack of money, and rationing of food and gasoline. Shannon Jones, sixth-grade history teacher, says the students – and Mamo – seemed to have a wonderful time during the story-telling.