9th Graders vote on Poor Farm Proposal

On a bitterly cold day in November, the ninth grade class convened for a town council meeting in the early nineteenth century village of Sturbridge  in Massachusetts.  The topic was a timely one:  should a Poor Farm be established for the infirm, aged, and weak in the town, providing them with food, shelter, and a productive role on a farm managed by the town?  Or should Sturbridge still use the old vendu system, in which someone who is unable to take care of him or herself is auctioned off to a family, to help them with work in the household?  After some lively debate, the majority of the freshmen felt that the Poor Farm idea would not work.