[caption id="attachment_10531" align="alignleft" width="600"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/11\/SS-Harvest-Day.jpg"><img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/11\/SS-Harvest-Day.jpg" alt="At the annual Green Bank Elementary-Middle School Harvest Day Friday, Julian Rittenhouse and Daniel Solliday demonstrated the old-fashioned way of making rope. On the ground, at left, are samples of their work. S. Stewart photo" width="600" height="354" class="size-full wp-image-10531" \/><\/a> At the annual Green Bank Elementary-Middle School Harvest Day Friday, Julian Rittenhouse and Daniel Solliday demonstrated the old-fashioned way of making rope. On the ground, at left, are samples of their work. S. Stewart photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nA day of tradition, history and fun, Green Bank Elementary-Middle School\u2019s Harvest Day broadens the education of its students each year.\r\n\r\nForegoing the typical Halloween parties, Harvest Day features area crafters, historians and farmers giving presentations which included candy making, forestry, rope making and a petting zoo.\r\n\r\nThe school began the celebration in the 90s and six years ago, fourth grade teacher Marsha Beverage took the reins as organizer.\r\n\r\n\u201cI have several goals,\u201d Beverage said. \u201cOne would be to bring the community and the school together. One would be for the students to have a good time and learn about activities that they may not normally be involved in. Part of it is carrying on tradition. It\u2019s a really good thing.\u201d\r\n\r\nBeverage focuses on finding presenters from the community instead of paying presenters to come in from out-of-county or state because she wants the students to know their community and the people in it.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have a lot of talent right here in our own community, and so I try to find local people who are willing to come in instead of just bringing people in who are from elsewhere,\u201d she said. \u201cIf the students are really interested in something, then they can follow-up. I\u2019ve had kids follow-up with presenters or their parents have gotten in contact with them and said, \u2018I\u2019m really interested in that, can you tell me more about it.\u2019 Those are kind of fun things. It\u2019s all about the kids.\u201d\r\n\r\nThis year\u2019s events included: wildlife and wildlife laws, backyard birds, forest service, quilting, candy apple making, newspaper typesetting, gardening and marking, clay cups, a hayride, rope making, storytelling, canning and preserving apples, logging and forestry, face painting, apple cider, a pumpkin patch and a petting zoo.\r\n\r\nThe big wind-up of the day featured Roy Moose and his live snake show.