Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Another post about Mississippi

Last month I was sent a travel journal from a 3rd grader in Ohio. Each student in his class was given their own journal and then sent it to someone in a different state who would then send it to another person in a state letting it travel across the US. Each person who received the journal was instructed to fill a couple of pages with facts and photos about your state. Before me the journal had visited Oregon, New York, Idaho, Florida, and Louisiana. After a couple of months the journals will all return to the class to be used as a Social Studies lesson. It was kinda like Flat Stanley, but without the weird paper doll. I thought this was such a fun and creative project, so I was thrilled to be able to help out. Plus you all know how much I love to talk about Mississippi, so I jump at every chance I have to tell others about my wonderful home state. 

Here's what I shared about Mississippi! What would you share about your state?

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Of course I had to turn this into a mini crafting project too!

I’m so glad your journal made a stop here in the Magnolia State. I’ve lived in Mississippi almost my entire life, including four different cities, so I feel qualified to share with you a few of our fun facts. The first Teddy Bear toy may have been created in New York, like your Aunt Patty said, but the inspiration came from a story about Theodore Roosevelt hunting in Mississippi. I bet you didn’t know that NASA’s primary center for testing Space Shuttle Main Engines is Stennis Space Center here in Mississippi. The world’s first human lung and heart transplant surgeries were done in Mississippi.

I live in Gulfport, which is one of the largest cities in our state. It is way down at the bottom of the state so I get to see the beach every day. Living down here also means we have plenty of good seafood to eat; fresh shrimp, crab, and fish fill the menus of our local restaurants.

I spent the past four years living in Oxford while I attended the University of Mississippi. Oxford is a small town in the northeast part of the state. Life in Oxford centers around the University with most weekends spent attending football, baseball, or basketball games cheering for our Ole Miss Rebels. Oxford was also home to the great American writer William Faulkner. Faulkner won the 1949 Noble Prize in Literature. When visiting Oxford you can tour his house, Rowan Oak, and even see where he wrote part of his stories on the walls!

Faulkner is not the only famous Mississippian. Our state is also the birthplace of Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and Faith Hill. Mississippi has a rich musical heritage. This is why the state is often called the Birthplace of American Music. The origin of Blues music is from a part of the state called the Delta. The Delta is located in the northwest part of the state along the Mississippi River. The River causes the soil to be rich with nutrients making this an agricultural area producing cotton, soybeans, and even catfish that are raised in ponds on farms.

Hope you enjoyed getting to learn a little bit about my state! 

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