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Photo provided by Kristi Miller -- St. Thomas More Catholic School students Sam Huyn, Brannon Jones, Rylan LeJeune and Daniel Johnson, from left, take part in a learning activity during the school’s recent Simple Machines Day.

St. Thomas More Catholic School recently held a Simple Machines Day, hosted by parent volunteers, for first-graders.

The students participated in hands-on learning activities to understand how tools can make work easier, such as lifting sand bags with pulleys, making personal pizzas with everyday kitchen tools that are simple machines and manipulating magnets to see that opposite poles attract and like poles repel.

Students also used wheels, axles and ramps as simple machines to help move objects with less effort, a news release said.