Third Grade Presents 509 Years of Florida History

On May 5, students brought 509 years of Florida history to life in front of a live audience during Florida Day. Every student proudly took center stage dressed as historical figures ranging from Christopher Columbus to Walt Disney to inform and entertain the audience with their knowledge. Following the performance, students became a living-history museum by presenting their County Shoebox Parade and dioramas of forts and historical places throughout Florida.

Notable Figures Included:

Early Explorers

  • Christopher Colombus
  • Ponce de Leon
  • Priests
  • Spanish and French Sailors
  • King Charles IX of France
  • Jean Ribault
  • Rene de Laudonniere
  • Jacques Le Moyne
  • King Phillip II of Spain
  • Pedro Menendez

Native Americans

  • Chief Saturiba
  • Timucuans
  • Seminoles
  • Chief Osceola
  • Betty Mae Tiger Jumper
  • Billy Bowlegs

Jacksonville and Florida History

  • Andrew Jackson
  • Henry Flagler
  • William P. Duval
  • Isaiah D. Hart
  • Zephaniah Kingsley
  • Anna Kingsley
  • Clara White
  • Mary M. Bethune
  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • Henry John Klutho
  • John Gorrie
  • Beth McCullough Johnson

Florida Economy

  • Citrus Farmer
  • Orange Blossom
  • Lifeguard
  • Shrimp Fisherman
  • NASA Astronauts
  • Walt Disney
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Tinkerbell
  • NAS Jax Officer
  • Coast Guard Officer
  • Lilly Pulitzer