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July 5, 2011 > Wonderopolis(r) asks, 'How did Fremont get its name?'

Wonderopolis(r) asks, 'How did Fremont get its name?'

The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) has chosen Fremont as a summer Wonderopolis(r) encouraging families to explore their own neighborhoods, finding wonder-ful places that often escape notice during the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

This is the second in a series of six weekly challenges that focuses on unique community "wonders." Fremont challenges will be posted each Monday at WonderopolisChallenge.org. Families are encouraged to register and begin as soon as possible but can do so any time within the six-week period.

Participating families who successfully complete at least three of the six weekly challenges will be entered to win a five-day all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. To be eligible, the winning family must be available to travel between Aug. 21 and 28.

In addition, Wonderopolis(r) posts a national "Wonder of the Day(r)" at its website. Wonderopolis(r) can be found on Twitter and Facebook; a video is posted on YouTube and vimeo.


Fremont Wonder #3: "How Did Fremont Get Its Name?"

Fremont is a city full of history and natural beauty. Let's explore how it got its name!

Happy Fourth of July, Fremont! Did you celebrate with your fellow citizens at the annual 4th of July Parade?

This week's Wonderopolis Fremont Challenge is learning about and appreciating the history of Fremont. Choose one of the following challenges for your family to complete, and then share your experience.

* Make your own flag for Fremont! What does Fremont mean to you? If you were to design a new flag for Fremont, what would it look like? Why would you choose the colors you choose? What images best represent the city?

* Visit one of Fremont's many Historic Attractions. From Ardenwood Historic Farm and Centerville Pioneer Cemetery to Mission San Josˇ and Cemetery and Shinn Historical Park and Arboretum, Fremont offers many chances to relive its rich history. NOTE: Some Historic Attractions may have admission fees. Please check with the site you choose for any applicable fees before heading out on your adventure!

* Did you attend the 4th of July Parade? How many flags do you see? See who can count the most flags. What was your favorite part of the parade? How many people do you think attended the parade? Watch the news to see how many people they estimate watched the parade.

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