PELHAM — St. Patrick School fifth-graders held a traditional pre-Lenten French Colonial King’s Ball. The King’s Ball is a culminating event for an interdisciplinary French and social studies unit that offers students a “taste” of French Colonial history and culture.
Students dressed for the event in the French peasant style. The ball opened with the fifth-grade boys marching in to the tune of “Yankee Doodle.” Later, the fifth-grade girls performed theatrical dances set to traditional French folk music.
Some eighth-grade girls, participants of the second King’s Ball in 2010, assisted the current fifth-grade girls in choreographing the theatrical dances. Students sampled a variety of simple foods and beverages such as bread, crackers, cheese, smoked salmon, sparkling water and sparkling cider.
The highlight of the King’s Ball was the king cake, which contained a single gumball. Fifth-grader Kyle Hebert received the slice of cake with the gumball in it became the king. Ariel McMahon was randomly chosen as queen.
In the month leading up to the King’s Ball, students participated in an interactive lesson about the history and traditions surrounding the King’s Ball, which has been celebrated annually for more than 250 years in St. Genevieve, Mo.
Students also learned some relevant French vocabulary, developed a menu, prepared invitations and made French flag placemats.