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Sophomores Receive Engaging WWII Presentation

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From left to right: Mr. Denton, Mr. Bliss, and Mr. Smith

From left to right: Mr. Denton, Mr. Bliss, and Mr. Smith

From left to right: Mr. Denton, Mr. Bliss, and Mr. Smith

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After Spring Break the Sophomores received a presentation on the topic of WWII and the uniforms of typical soldiers presented by Mr. Denton, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Bliss. When asked, the teachers explained why they gave this presentation, Mr Denton, who was dressed as a U.S. Army soldier from the early war, said of his reasons for presenting, “Getting a chance to see and touch historical objects from a period of time is a valuable way to make learning of history accessible.”

Mr. Smith came dressed as a soldier in the Red Army, and stated that he believed “there is a value in being able to give my students a hands-on experience.”

Mr. Bliss, one Maryvale’s IT specialists, was also dressed up as a soldier like one who might have fought at the Battle of the Bulge.  “I gave the presentation,” he said, “because Mr. Denton asked me to help and I like dressing up as a WWII soldier.”

Both Mr. Denton and Mr. Bliss regularly reenact World War II battles and had the uniforms ready to present to Mr. Englar’s 10th grade students.

When asked about their thoughts on the presentation, several students replied:

Emma Crowhurst: “Last week’s WWII presentation taught me many new interesting facts about what challenges WWII soldiers faced, as well as what the conditions during this time were like. I personally was surprised  by the lack of protective equipment the soldiers had. All of the soldiers lived off of very minimal supplies and barely had any personal items of their own. It took extreme amounts of courage for the soldiers to basically sacrifice their lives to war. Overall I found the presentation very informative and interesting.”

Kyndall Smith: “I thought the presentation was really cool and funny. I liked how Mr. Denton had things that a soldier would have used during the war. I also thought it was cool to see a replica of a uniform in person.”

Kathryn Hubbard: “It was interesting seeing the different outfits because everything on them had a purpose. They were from different sides which also showed the needs of their uniforms being different. The Russian (Mr. Smith) was dressed more warmly then the American (Mr. Denton). I also really enjoyed their banter; Mr. Bliss was very into his role. It was a nice experience to better understand the situation back in the war. It was intriguing seeing all the things and what they were used for, because everything they were wearing was specifically designed for a purpose.”

Presentations, such as this one, shows why educating students in a way that they can have a hands-on experience. If you think this presentation was important, or if you want presentations like this to be available to more grades, complete this short survey.

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