Students at Pat Neff Middle School got to try out a brand new teaching tool Friday.
It's a resource that can help anyone who wants to help celebrate San Antonio's 300th anniversary.
They call themselves "The Texans at Neff", and the Tricentennial Commission came to the campus to introduce these free resource materials that have interactive and age-appropriate lesson plan ideas for students in grades Pre-K-12.
The kids jumped right into the new learning adventure.
Teacher James Ruiz said “It's awesome because this is the history of our city and just being able to give that passion to our students is really important.”
Using videos, maps and more, this tool has lesson plan ideas about San Antonio's 300 years.
“I'd like to have my students discover through videos or images, just let them see how things have changed over time, see the impact that the Spanish and these Missions and all of our culture has and how it's many different cultures that made our city and not just one that they usually think of,” Ruiz said.
Edward Benavides of the Tricentennial Commission said "The Tricentennial is more than a party. This is an opportunity to really commemorate our art, our culture, our heritage while educating and engaging. This is also an opportunity to provide community service in 2018. So the Tricentennial is multi-faceted, bringing the community together and welcoming the thousands of visitors that we anticipate in 2018."
Benavides said “Whether from a cultural perspective, artistic, culinary, workforce or economics, this is an opportunity for the Tricentennial to really engage young people, but even in turn engage all of us as residents to really be informed as to what is our history of San Antonio and Bexar County for the last three hundred years.”
Ruiz says the information is easy to use and fun and kids could access the resource to teach their parents.
“Absolutely!” Ruiz said “I didn't remember how to get to the website so I just Googled SA 300 and it was a couple of clicks and I was able to get all the resources I needed.”
Click here to read more about the teaching tool.