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Third Grade Students Research Home-Town Heroes

How can elementary school students learn about people in Union County who have interacted with world events? Third grade teachers Nicholas Hayden, Sharon Patrick, Wendy Reed and Lydia Saunders worked with media specialist Susan Shikany to research the young men from our county who lost their lives during World War II.  Each student studied a soldier or sailor who was remembered in the Gold Star Mothers' Scrapbook, available on the Union County Public Library History page (history.union.lib.nc.us/GoldStarMothers/goldstar.htm).

Students learned about some of the battles and medals that were part of servicemen's histories, but also about their families and their sacrifices in joining the service at such young ages.  We discussed how these young men came from mill and railroad jobs in Union County and traveled around the world to places such as Japan and Germany in service to our country.

The third graders chose to make either a flag or a tombstone with important facts about the person they had researched.  These were displayed in the school media center.  Staff, students and visitors were impressed by the respectful way these veterans were remembered.

Written by: Susan Shikany, Library Media Coordinator
Posted: Jan 23, 2015 by Betsy Ziskind

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