Photos Courtesy of Bright Star Credit Union

Fifth-grade students at Pembroke Lakes Elementary School recently took an electronic field trip back to colonial times to sing songs, dress in period costumes and watch Colonial Idol, a musical competition modeled after the current-day American Idol. Sponsored by BrightStar Credit Union for 60 Broward County elementary and middle schools, the e-field trips are broadcast online and allow students to interact with actors, ask questions and learn about life in colonial times. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, VA, ( which runs the world’s largest living history museum dedicated to the study of 18th century American history and culture, provided the curriculum. Participating in Colonial Idol in the photo at right/left/above/below are (left to right) Keyla Jaramillo, a fifth grade student; Marjuree Larin, BrightStar Credit Union; Sandra Shipman, principal, Pembroke Lakes Elementary; Jenny Summerall, teacher, Pembroke Lakes Elementary; and Blaise DaCosta, BrightStar Credit Union​