Grove City is a great place to live and it has a great mayor, or at least that's the sentiment of several third graders at J.C. Sommer Elementary School.

Grove City is a great place to live and it has a great mayor, or at least that's the sentiment of several third graders at J.C. Sommer Elementary School.

Their teacher, Susan Barte, said she asked her more than 20 students to create brochures about Grove City as a way to practice their writing skills and learn more about the city in which they live.

The finished brochures sat in the front window the past few weeks of the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum.

"We have a great mayor and his name is Ike Stage," said one brochure by Owen Yoakum. "We have two beautiful parks. One is called Windsor Park the other is called Gantz Park."

Barte said the project is part of her students' social studies curriculum, which involves learning about local government.

Barte said her students spent time on school computers designing the brochures and researching facts about Grove City.

"It's a combination of tying the curriculum into technology," she said.

Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage visited the third graders, also as part of the curriculum.

"It really is a great program and it's great for the mayor to be exposed to that," Stage said.

The curriculum also involves learning about the history of Grove City.

Last week, about 60 third-graders from Sommer Elementary visited the city's newly arranged museum at 3378 Park St.

Beverly Babbert, a volunteer with the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society, showed the children an early 1900s parlor display, a 1912 Ford Model T and old firefighting equipment recently donated to the museum by the Jackson Township Fire Department.

The firefighting display included a looped video of a massive propane tank explosion that occurred in 1996 a few miles south of City Hall on Broadway.

"We had quite the explosion," Babbert said.

She showed the children a collection of kitchen appliances from the early 1900s.

"And notice you won't see a plug on any of them," she added.

Jim Hale, executive director of the Grove City Area Visitors and Convention Bureau, was pleased to have the children visit his office.

He said the visit put the museum to good use.

"It was really designed to give kids and adults, as well an opportunity to come and look, and teach them, too, that history is an ongoing thing," he said.

ebrooks@thisweeknews.com