An all-day history lesson
Photos by Clarke Davis
Ed Patterson (top left), Valley Falls, and Dylan Callahan, Emporia, provided a display of World War II uniforms and weapons for students to view during History Day at Valley Falls schools. Some of the clothing was on loan from museums. The men are members of a World War II re-enactors group.
Deb Spade’s world history class filled the stage on History Day with lessons for children on everything from Mickey Mouse and child labor to D-Day and the concentration camps. Tanner Brown is shown explaining the Allied landing on Omaha Beach in 1944 complete with a replica of the beach, soldiers advancing, and the German bunkers. There were at least a dozen historical projects and each one included some kind of activity for the youths — a look, see, feel, touch approach to teach the topic. Other topics included ancient building projects such as the pyramids and Stonehenge, the Holocaust, the guillotine, and famous people. There were at least two dozen presenters who greeted the children.
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