Inspired after reading the 1947 book, Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry, the third grade enjoyed “Pony Penning Day.”  The original event celebrated in Chincoteague, Virginia has been a tradition for that community since 1925 but dates back to the 17th century. Ponies are herded across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island and then sold at auction to local buyers.   Our students were able to see a glimpse of what those in Virginia experience because of the generosity of one of our founding families, the Zepps.  Students went horseback riding, pitched hay, tossed horseshoes, and tried pony penning fare for lunch.  Life on a farm is rewarding but rigorous, and students learned to appreciate the many facets of maintaining animals, especially of the equine sort!