Several hundred elementary school children from around the Salt Lake Valley gather to enjoy fresh, spring air while white-washing a fence or staining a lamp post, pulling weeds or planting flowers. They visit buildings from Utah’s pioneer days and absorb a little historical insight at This Is The Place Park. Work becomes fun as today’s children emulate what pioneer kids did decades ago. The spring spruce-up provided through the Pioneer Kids activities are a highlight for the young participants and their supervisors, and also for the Park’s volunteer personnel who experience a preview of the crowds they will entertain daily during the new season. It’s a win-win for everyone. Best of all, the kids take home a new appreciation for community service and a Days of ‘47 t-shirt to remember it all. Schools who wish to participate in 2019 should contact the Pioneer Kids chair, Joyce Ellertson, as early as possible. The event is hosted by This Is The Place Park and is a marvelous opportunity for school children to visit the Park, ride the miniature trains and get a taste of pioneering — all in one morning.