O’FALLON – O’Fallon Township High School is hosting the Illinois Veterans Classroom Project for the sixth consecutive year.
Kristin Strubhart, OTHS U.S. History Teacher, is currently seeking veterans of foreign wars to interview as part of the project.
Civilians who participated on the “Home Front” are also welcome to share their experiences, according to Strubhart.
The main goals of the veterans project are:
• To provide students the opportunity to do personal interviews and capture Veteran and Home Front experiences organized around an inquiry-based, digital-story telling learning experience.
• To provide students with authentic connections which foster a deeper understanding and knowledge of the overall purpose and sacrifices made by our veterans.
• To digitally preserve the personal stories of veterans and persons who served and sacrificed for our country.
Illinois Central Bus Company, OTHS’ school bus company, is sponsoring the Veterans Classroom Project.
Strubhart said veterans do not need to put together a presentation. She said it will be more of a Q&A session.
“Past veteran participants have said that it is a very healing experience for them,” Strubhart said. “The project has a profound impact on our students, as well as veterans.”
As an effort to preserve veterans stories, interviews will be videotaped and submitted to the U.S. Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project at http://www.loc.gov/vets/about.html and to the Illinois Veterans & Community Classroom webpage at http://ilvets.ltc.k12.il.us/ilvets/.
“Veterans will be given the opportunity to view the interview and give approval before any footage is uploaded to the websites,” Strubhart said. “If you are not comfortable with the interview being submitted to the Library of Congress or the Illinois Veterans Project, it will not be submitted. Veterans will receive DVD copies of the interview to keep and share with their family.”
According to Strubhart, veterans will tell their story to a small group of about five students in a small conference room. Veterans will be provided student prepared questions in advance of the interview.
Strubhart said veterans are encouraged to bring photos and artifacts to share with the students. OTHS JROTC cadets will also be on hand to escort veterans.
Interview dates are Wednesday, April 17 or Thursday, April 18, and the veterans can select whichever date works best for them. The interviews will take place at OTHS Milburn Campus located at 650 Milburn School Road.
If interested in participating in this project, Strubhart asks that you contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (618)632-3507 x 536.