Glanton students study history firsthand

by Celia Shortt

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Willie Boyd is interviewed by fourth-grader Tobias Parks. Boyd is active in community service in Coweta County.

Earlier this week, fourth-graders at Glanton Elementary School in Grantville hosted 15 Coweta residents who shared with them stories from their generation.

'It's a wonderful thing to chat with a child,' said Glanton Elementary School Principal Katie Garrett. 'Share something from your life.'

'You are in the presence of some really great people,' she said to the students. 'Enjoy your time with these people.'

Students spent the rest of the morning with one of the 15 adult participants. These adults represented key areas and eras in Coweta County - city government, Kiwanis, educators, and community leaders. Each student listened and took notes while their adult partner shared a story from their life. Each story focused on an important or special event, place, memory, or occasion from their early life.

'We had retired educators and members of the local Kiwanis chapter, and other community stakeholders came to give students a greater sense of purpose, audience, and community, connecting to the past,' said fourth-grade teacher Ellen Thomas.

Thomas and Glanton Elementary School Media Specialist Lori Mayes organized the event.

After their interviews, the students used his or her notes and what they had heard during the interview to write a short story. The short stories will be published in a special 'Student Treasures' book. They will also be submitted to a writing contest sponsored by the Coweta Public Library System for fourth to 12th graders.

The student with the best overall composition in the that contest will be awarded the grand prize of a Kindle Fire tablet. Second and third place prizes will also be awarded. The winning stories will published in a new magazine, 'Truly Southern,' in March 2014.



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