RC students make posters on shipwrecks to be displayed

News Photo by Jordan Spence Mike Peltz presents Holly Wirgau and students, left to right, Robert McFadden, Ryan Hart, Lily Clement and Muriel Garms with a plaque for their work on a project Wednesday.

ROGERS CITY — There will be a new site to see at Seagull Point Park.

Information gathered by Rogers City Area Schools teacher Holly Wirgau’s sixth grade class will be presented in the kiosks at the park.

“I was approached by Debbie Stiller of the parks and rec committee to see if (students) would be interested in making the posters on Rogers City shipwrecks,” Wirgau said.

Wirgau said they also read a couple of stories about shipwrecks and everything seemed to tie together seamlessly.

“Previously I’ve had students make posters for the city. (Stiller) already knows, I know what they’re looking for. Those older posters needed an upgrade, big time.” Wirgau said.

After they read stories about the Titanic and a local shipwreck, the students picked specific shipwrecks to research and write about.

“We did go out as far as Presque Isle,” Wirgau said. “We wanted to keep it here.”

She said the students learned a lot about the proper way to research and cite sources.

Each poster depicts different local shipwrecks with information on the ship and when and how it sank.

“There’s a lot of ships off the coast of us,” student Ryan Hart said.

He was one of many who enjoyed the lesson, Wirgau said.

“They enjoyed doing it a lot. They enjoyed reading the stories and learning the terminology about the boats and vessels,” she said.

They did all the research and discovered a lot. Through the creation of the posters they were also able to tap into their own creativity, she said.

“They know it’s going to be (at the park) so there’s value to it,” she said. “They can go to the parks and see them displayed for themselves.”

Stiller said the posters will be on display within the next couple weeks for the public to see.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.