Youth Outreach at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School – May 12, 2017

Text by Dave Sturges

On May 12, 2017 Jon Miller and I went to Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in Howard County to talk with and show our Model “A” Fords to some students in first grade.
The students are part of a group studying transportation in the United States. We talked briefly with them in the classroom about the Ford Motor Company from the time of its founding in 1903 up to the introduction of the Model A in late 1927. We also talked about the moving assembly line that Ford used to assemble cars as quickly as possible and the salary that Ford was paying his workers.

The students were split into two groups before we went outside to look at Jon’s 1931 Slant Windshield Fordor and my 1928 Special Coupe. We asked the students to identify the feature they liked most on their modern car and noted how many of those items were not available in the Model A era.

We will probably go back to this school next year, and the teacher was planning on talking to teachers in other Howard County elementary schools who also teach this transportation unit about having club members visit.

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