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Students living out the pioneer days

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A log cabin play house built by East Texas students will be auctioned off Thursday night.

Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler will host a silent auction Thursday at 6 p.m. to sell the cabin.

8th graders at Grace Community School in Tyler built the log cabin as part of a class project in American history.

Teacher Tom Alden said the project really helps the students understand what life was like in the pioneer days.

"You know we haven't hit the pioneer stage in history yet, but when we get there, they are going to quickly see how hard it would have been to be out on the frontier with nothing but an axe and cutting down trees that way compared to how we do it," Alden explained.

The students cut down trees on the school property and all worked together to build the cabin with Alden's supervision. Alden's classes have been building the cabins on and off for the past five years.

Alden says the students really get into it and enjoy the project.

One student, Lexi Terry, said the project really helped her understand just what her ancestors had to go through.

"I just learned a lot about what our ancestors had to go through to build a log cabin. For them it was a lifestyle, but for us it was just fun to raise money for our school, and it goes to a very good cause," Terry said.

The proceeds from the sale of the cabin will go toward scholarships for students to attend Grace Community School.

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