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Devilstick Peat juggles swords during a presentation about the role of jesters in English history May 3, 2013, at Lakenheath Middle School. His performance and presentation were part of UK Day, an annual tradition of inviting experts on English history and culture into the school.

Devilstick Peat juggles swords during a presentation about the role of jesters in English history May 3, 2013, at Lakenheath Middle School. His performance and presentation were part of UK Day, an annual tradition of inviting experts on English history and culture into the school. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

Devilstick Peat juggles swords during a presentation about the role of jesters in English history May 3, 2013, at Lakenheath Middle School. His performance and presentation were part of UK Day, an annual tradition of inviting experts on English history and culture into the school.

Devilstick Peat juggles swords during a presentation about the role of jesters in English history May 3, 2013, at Lakenheath Middle School. His performance and presentation were part of UK Day, an annual tradition of inviting experts on English history and culture into the school. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

Lakenheath Middle School students stand in military formation as part of a presentation about the United Kingdom's military at RAF Feltwell on May 3, 2013. Part of UK Day, the presentation dealt with the role of the military during World War II.

Lakenheath Middle School students stand in military formation as part of a presentation about the United Kingdom's military at RAF Feltwell on May 3, 2013. Part of UK Day, the presentation dealt with the role of the military during World War II. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

Emma Atherton, a seventh grader at Lakenheath Middle School, puts her hand under the feathers of a European Eagle Owl, held by falconer Keith Mutton at RAF Feltwell on May 3, 2013. The owl is used to help keep birds from the runways of RAFs Lakenheath, Mildenhall and Fairford and was part of UK Day events at the school.

Emma Atherton, a seventh grader at Lakenheath Middle School, puts her hand under the feathers of a European Eagle Owl, held by falconer Keith Mutton at RAF Feltwell on May 3, 2013. The owl is used to help keep birds from the runways of RAFs Lakenheath, Mildenhall and Fairford and was part of UK Day events at the school. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

Victoria Littlejohn, an eighth grader at Lakenheath Middle School, handcuffs classmate Elijah Miller under the direction of Paul Glover, police constable, as part of a presentation about English police during UK Day events at RAF Feltwell on May 3, 2013. Glover taught the students tactics for handcuffing suspects, including forcing the suspect to look away so it is harder for the person being handcuffed to fight.

Victoria Littlejohn, an eighth grader at Lakenheath Middle School, handcuffs classmate Elijah Miller under the direction of Paul Glover, police constable, as part of a presentation about English police during UK Day events at RAF Feltwell on May 3, 2013. Glover taught the students tactics for handcuffing suspects, including forcing the suspect to look away so it is harder for the person being handcuffed to fight. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

Alyssa Spalinger, an eighth grader at Lakenheath Middle School, helps fellow eighth grader Nicolette Gaboriault-Whitcomb out of 16th century reproduction clothing she donned over her school clothes during a presentation about the life of common people at the time. The presentation was part of UK Day, an annual event sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization, Friday, May 3, 2013.

Alyssa Spalinger, an eighth grader at Lakenheath Middle School, helps fellow eighth grader Nicolette Gaboriault-Whitcomb out of 16th century reproduction clothing she donned over her school clothes during a presentation about the life of common people at the time. The presentation was part of UK Day, an annual event sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization, Friday, May 3, 2013. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

''Executioner'' John White tells Lakenheath Middle School students about criminal punishments in the Middle Ages during UK Day on Friday at RAF Feltwell. The day is a chance for students to learn from experts on English history and culture.

''Executioner'' John White tells Lakenheath Middle School students about criminal punishments in the Middle Ages during UK Day on Friday at RAF Feltwell. The day is a chance for students to learn from experts on English history and culture. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

RAF FELTWELL, England — At Lakenheath Middle School on Friday, teachers left the instructing to a fool, an executioner, a soldier and others who gave hands on lessons about life in the United Kingdom, now and in centuries past.

An executioner demonstrated punishments for crimes from the Middle Ages, a soldier talked about the military and World War II and a police officer demonstrated how to handcuff someone.

It was all part of UK Day at the school, an annual event that provides an opportunity for experts on British history and culture to share with the American students.

“The idea is to try to immerse the students in British culture, it gives them an opportunity to meet British nationals and it also helps to build bridges with the local community,” said Fiona Guyer, the event organizer.

UK Day “often takes students out of their comfort zone; it gets them to try new things that they might not necessarily have tried before,” Guyer said. “It can lead them on to other things that they then take a further interest in.”

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