INMAN - Ghost towns don't have real ghosts, these fourth-graders have learned.
"A town is a ghost town because there is nobody there," said Inman Elementary student Dantlie Raney. "Everybody left it."
It's part of teacher Bentley Richert's Kansas history lesson. Most of
his students didn't know the definition of a ghost town, or that Kansas
has more than 6,000 of them - towns that expanded with dreams of a
future before disappearing from most maps.
However, armed with their iPads, these fourth-graders have a quest to
memorialize the ghost town of Covert in Osborne County, which has been
dead since the last postmark was stamped in 1966.
"We are going to put the flesh on the bones of Covert," said Kaia
Wiggins, 9. "We are trying to find out what happened to the town."
The project started after Kevin Honeycutt, ESSDACK's technology
integration specialist, read about Covert's story in the Sept. 30
edition of The Hutchinson News. Honeycutt, on his way to Nebraska to
train teachers about using technology in the classroom as part of his
job through the educational service center, made a stop at Covert.
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