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Flannel and flapjacks

Lakeview Elementary School hosts lumberjack breakfast

Fourth-graders at Lakeview Elementary School in Negaunee enjoy their annual lumberjack breakfast on Tuesday. The meal was part of their curriculum on Michigan history. (Journal photo by Christie Bleck)

By CHRISTIE BLECK

Journal Staff Writer

NEGAUNEE — What are the odds of every fourth-grader at Lakeview Elementary School wearing flannel on Tuesday? When it’s time to eat their lumberjack breakfast.

The event appropriately included flapjacks and cackleberries — hen’s eggs used for food.

“It’s something they all look forward to when they get to fourth grade,” said fourth-grade teacher Nate Fisher of the annual event.

Fourth-graders at Lakeview Elementary School in Negaunee enjoy their annual lumberjack breakfast on Tuesday. From left are Jackson Larson, Marlee Heslip, Letty Dupras and Layla LaJoie. (Journal photo by Christie Bleck)

Not only is a lumberjack breakfast re-created, the students can come to school in lumberjack attire.

“The kids love it,” Fisher said. “They all dress up in flannels and beards.”

No axes, hatchets or saws, however, were in sight.

Not that they needed them anyway aside from obviously violating school policy.

“It’s part of our Michigan history curriculum,” Fisher said. “We learn about logging, which is huge in the Upper Peninsula, and the kids love it. We have the big breakfast, and they get to have some authentic food.”

Fisher said it’s important for the kids to learn the history of their grandparents and many immigrants in the area.

“Mining and logging were huge in the Upper Peninsula,” he said.

Activities for Lumberjack Day were to continue in the afternoon, he said.

Fourth-grade Cole Prusi enjoyed sitting down with his classmates, who also were treated to apple juice and cocoa.

“We get to eat a lot,” Cole said. “We get to have fun.”

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.