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Students Illustrate the 1950s

May 29, 2024 02:30PM ● By MPG Staff

Eleventh-graders present a skit about the typical life of a suburban family in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of San Juan Unified School District

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Mira Loma High School's fourth annual Pleasantville event was a rockin' good time!

On May 17, Mira Loma High School was transformed into a 1950s time capsule called Pleasantville, the annual culminating history project where 11th and 12th-grade students demonstrate the culture, innovations and historical events from 60-plus years ago through interactive presentations.

Eleventh-graders talk about the role of the United States Army in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of San Juan Unified School District

Nearly 700 visitors attended the Pleasantville morning event this year, including ninth- and 10th-graders, parents and community members.

Students were fully immersed in this time period, acting as key historical figures, according to San Juan Unified School District communication specialist Elysse Fresquez.

The Mira Loma High School choir performs “Blue Moon.” Photo courtesy of San Juan Unified School District

Two-hundred students presented their class projects about the historical events and cultural innovations of this era in a variety of ways, including through interactive booths, scripted skits, and musical and dance performances.

Widespread historic events such as the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the space race and the birth of rock’n’roll were creatively showcased throughout Pleasantville.

This classic car show, organized by Mira Loma Alumni Association, reminded Pleasantville attendees of a prior era. Photo courtesy of San Juan Unified School District

Local Sacramento history was also highlighted, including Fairytale Town's opening day and the founding of the KCRA 3 news station in 1955. The Mira Loma Alumni Association organized a classic car show in front of the school.

Congratulations to the students for hosting another successful Pleasantville event,” said a San Juan Unified social media post.

Mira Loma High School, part of the San Juan Unified School District, has an enrollment of 1,700 students from Carmichael and Arden Arcade.