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Before school was out, students of Miller Junior High School celebrated a Huck Finn Day. All 8th graders who read the book in class were able to participate, according to Miller teacher Grace Mueller. There were many activities associated with the era on the Mississippi River that author Mark Twain made famous, such as a watermelon seed spitting contest and roasting marshmellows on a campfire. Foods referenced in the Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn books were favorites with the students: corn bread, bisquits, honey, jam, jerky, and lemonaide. The event was made possible by a grant funded by the San Marcos Education Foundation.

By IRIS CAMPBELL
Public Information Officer – San Marcos CISD

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Teachers in photo: Melissa Dupre, Roxann Tull, and Grace Mueller who dressed in costume for the day

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Nichaela Stevens won a prize for the greatest distance in the watermelon seed spitting contest

SMCISD photos

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0 thoughts on “Miller Junior High School celebrates Huck Finn Day

  1. San Marcos Education Foundation
    I am disappointed that a school would turn Juneteenth into a Huck Finn celebration. I am all for fun and I love the works of Mark Twain but given the racially sensitive matter of these works I feel this celebration could have been better timed.

  2. The timing does seem a little unfortunate, not only because of the nature of the books (which I also loved) but because (at least from the article above) a great opportunity to learn about a significant period in our history and how it might relate to some of the issues we still struggle with today, appears to have been glossed over.

  3. I am not sure there is anything wrong with the timing.

    Granted, the book “Huckleberry Finn” did use terms considered racist today, and Twain’s phonetic spelling of Jim’s dialect is not now deemed politically correct either. The book however, has a strong moral message and shows Finn’s growth and maturity. This message exactly parallels the growth (albeit slow at times) of our opinions as a society.

    This parable of societal growth is a strong testament to good. Just because one part of our society is ignorant shouldn’t overshadow the parts that are enlightened and forward-thinking… just as one segment of “Huckleberry Finn” shouldn’t overshadow all that is decent and good about the book.

    I agree with Ted and hope that the opportunity was taken to use the day to teach as well as celebrate.

  4. The Huck Finn Celebration was not celebrated on Juneteenth as indicated by your responses. It was held the last week in May when the students finished the novel. I did not send the pictures in until just recently so the paper was kind enough to still print them. We, as English teachers, are sensative to all children. As Mark Twain intended, we guided the students through Huck’s growing realization that Jim was a person like everyone else. The novel coincided with the pre-Civil War era in American History classes so the material was timely.

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