Montgomery students ride through the "Roaring 20s"

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Middle school students at Montgomery Academy got a special treat Friday morning, their very own car show! They weren't new cars either. They were classics!

Students were required to read a book over the summer revolving around their study of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s.

The book "Dave and the Night" was set in 1926. In the novel the main character, Dave, escapes from his orphanage every night, and he notices cars around Harlem during his free time.

Seventh grade English teacher Caroline Sease thought it would be a neat idea to show her students some of the automobiles of the era. That's where the Central Alabama Model "A" Club got involved.

The car enthusiasts proudly showed off some of their wheels to the children. Kids smiled and laughed and waited their turns to look at the antiques. They also took turns honking the weird sounding horns.

It was a chance for students to get to see what they were reading about first-hand. The automobile owners even let them ride in the cars!

Teachers like Sease say it's events like this that help them make reading an interactive event. The kids will each be responsible for a research project in their class in which they'll teach their fellow classmates about a person or thing that became famous during the time period.

Sease has a passion for her job. "Today in class we're learning to dance the Charleston..." she laughed.

"That's one of my goals to really make reading come alive for my kids," Sease said. "I don't want them to ever think that reading is boring and uninteresting..."

Sease said it was about more than simply showing cars to her students.

Each group remained in their homerooms while the cars were parked outside. They had to research the answers to three questions about the cars before they were released.

Once outside, the classroom officers would shout out the answers to get the car club owners involved. "It gets them a little more active not spectators..."Sease said.

None of the students seemed to complain about getting out of the classroom for a little hands-on learning!

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