Why We Went to the Smoky Mountains
This year I learned about the Diversity of Age. Our honorable guest speakers told us about history that I believe can never be taught in the classroom. That history seems more real when you hear it firsthand.
The first interaction with Mr. Merlin Kennedy showed us a "different lens" on history that I’ve never seen. Mr. Kennedy was a Freedom Rider in the early 1960's.
Later, we had Mrs. Margaret Hayes share her experiences as a female growing up in the early 20
century. Back then women were at home and were not supposed to work.
The war veterans that came in this year made me realize that every veteran, even if they are from the same war, have a different experience to share.
All these interactions give us a better grasp on our history and culture and what the people of our nation and community went through to make the world as it is for us today.
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