McCullough Junior High Honors Veterans
THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Over 1,000 posters are currently on display outside of McCullough Junior High School as part of a longstanding Veterans Day tradition.
The project has been assigned for over fifteen years through eighth grade US World History. Each student interviews a veteran, or active service member, and then creates a sign to hang in their honor. Some students choose to honor a family member, a neighbor, or teacher, and some visit recruiting centers or retirement homes.
“They ask them about their experience and why they joined, what they did, and advice that that person would give to anybody else who’s considering joining the military,” said April Phillips, History Department Chairperson.
“Sometimes it’s really nice when someone interviews a relative … a lot of times we hear these stories of, ‘I never knew this about grandpa, or I didn’t know that uncle so and so had done this’. They get to have these conversations that they hadn’t had before,” she said.
Phillips said that not only do the students enjoy the assignment, they also learn a great deal from it. “They learn that not everybody is involved in a war … that there are lots of aspects of being in the military, such as being part of the logistics or just serving in peace time, and that not everybody goes overseas,” Phillips said.
“I think it’s important for students to gain an appreciation for the men and women who serve our country and the experiences that those people have gone through,” Phillips said.
To appreciate this meaningful homage, and read the student interviews, visit this exhibit at 3800 South Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands.