No a Typical Day at School

Veterans Day at School

By WEEK Reporter
By Denise Jackson

November 11, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 7:37 PM CDT

Area veterans were honored in numerous ways today, and many local students even had the day off from school.
But for one group of youngsters going to school today was anything but typical.

Teachers were not the only ones spending a lot of time lecturing to students at Quest Charter Academy in Peoria Thursday. Three veterans including Vietnam Vet Rodney Bunch, stopped by to share their war experiences with the students.

"They need to be aware that there's fighting going on in the war but that's not necessarily how they are going to solve the problem," Bunch said.

Quest Charter Academy Principal Engin Blackstone says in honor of Veterans Day teachers revised their curriculums to include war topics.

"Lets say a math teacher was talking about the war statistics and a science teacher talking about the inventions that happened during the war," Blackstone said.

"I kinda did want to stay home but I didn't know it was gonna be this fun. I get to hear about army people and what they do," Fifth Grader Haniah Davis said.

The learning was not limited to inside the classroom. Another group from the school went to Proctor Endowment Home to interview veterans. World War Two Veteran Bryce Brand put on his uniform to share his stories with Seventh grader Angelyn Toncray.

"I don't know if they can help in preventing wars but I think they should understand that most wars are up to no good even like the present one that we're in, " Brand said.

"It makes me feel different to hear these stories about them fighting for our freedom and helping other people.
I hope that I can come here again and interview more and I think I have a different point of view now," Toncray said.

It's a point of view they may not have gotten if they had the day off from school.
The students will compile the information they collected from the interviews inside a book that will later be displayed at the school.

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