Category Archive: Hometown Heroes

Students Interview Veterans, Learn What “textbooks cannot communicate”

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“When first hearing the students refer to Forrest Gump as the basis for understanding the Vietnam War, I became concerned that there were a lot of misconceptions,” said Blake Busbin, a fourth year… Continue reading

Wisconsin Man Honors Fallen Heroes By Creating Memorial on His Lawn

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Steve Conto is from Menasha, Wisconsin. While not a Vietnam veteran, he has the utmost respect for those who served before him. More than a decade separates Steve’s service from the brutalities of… Continue reading

These Minnesotans Lead Effort To Find 1,075 Photos

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“The work of the Minnesotans, including local vets, to find 1,075 photos is a monumental achievement,” said Jessica McBride, a journalism instructor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. McBride was able to track down… Continue reading

From Bismark, ND to the United States Congress: The Impact of Vietnam Project-Based Learning

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By Melanie Lowry, Education Outreach Intern “‘Project-based learning’ is the new buzzword in education that our school is encouraging teachers to use”, said Laura Forde, a social studies teacher at Bismarck High School… Continue reading

Building Community through Remembrance: The Wall that Heals Visits Rainier, Oregon

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By Melanie Lowry, Education Outreach Intern “People this far from Washington, D.C. should still get to see the Wall,” said David Placido, student and history club historian at Rainier Junior/Senior High School in… Continue reading

Captivating Ways Students Are Learning About The Vietnam War

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By Education Intern, Rae Rudzinski Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, India, Iraq, Liberia and Nigeria are only some of the areas of the world where Chris Livingstone’s students hail from. Some of her middle school… Continue reading

Inspiring Ways Students are Honoring Veterans: Steelville Middle School

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Written by Education Intern, Rae R. With a teaching career spanning 27.5 years, Jennifer Whitson knows the meaning of “busy” very well. A teacher at Steelville Middle School in Steelville, Missouri, Whitson has… Continue reading

10 ways to honor veterans in 2015

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2014 was great to VVMF. Fourteen U.S. service members took their rightful place next to their fallen brothers and sisters on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial during our Name Additions on Mother’s Day Ceremony.… Continue reading

Westfield students honor local heroes

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During the 2013-2014 school year, North Middle School in Westfield, Massachusetts took on the voluntary veterans-based curriculum, Hometown Heroes. Hometown Heroes is a a service learning project that connects students to those who served… Continue reading

Veterans project leads Rainier class to remember Vietnam

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Andrew Demko, a Social Studies teacher at Rainier Junior/Senior High School in Oregon, implemented a voluntary educational curriculum by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. The curriculum is Hometown Heroes and it connects students with veterans’ stories and… Continue reading