A replica of a Native American teepee was set up on campus for the event, and Lakeview Leadership Academy teacher Dr. John Beyer visited the school in authentic 19th Century Western attire to teach students about the history of California and the Mojave Desert.
The Old West Days tradition stretches back decades at Hook. Administrative Assistant Paula Gonzales said she has been with the school 20 years and said Old West Days was an annual event before she arrived. This year’s event was chaired by teacher Dianna Marler after teacher Brandee Leet served as chair for the previous decade.
As she oversaw the “panning for gold” activity, history and English teacher Valerie Rodriguez said she enjoyed participating in the event in her first year at Hook.
“It’s good to pull the kids out and get them involved outside the normal setting, and it’s so cute to see them dressed up,” she said.