Thursday, June 20, 2013

Background on Albert H. Small Student/Teacher Institute

Pomperaug High School sophomore Timothy Cohn and Region 15 History Day Advisor Mrs. Sharon Wlodarczyk have been selected to attend The Albert H. Small Student/Teacher Institute-Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom.
Tim Cohn

The institute, sponsored by National History Day and the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, only accepts 15 student/teacher teams each year.

In June 2013, the student/teacher teams will travel to Washington D.C. where they will be immersed in lectures presented by leading World War II historians and participate in a scholarly study of the war memorials in the D.C. area.

The teams will then fly to Paris, France to walk in the footsteps of history on the beaches of Normandy. Students will study and make presentations on various aspects of the Normandy Campaign. The last day in Normandy will be a day of remembrance. The students will lay a wreath at the American Cemetery and present eulogies based on individual pre-institute research of a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The major assignment for the students and teachers is the Fallen Soldier Project. Each Institute participant will read eight books, conduct a historical study of a soldier from their home state who fought and died in Normandy, and create a website dedicated to their soldier's life and ultimate sacrifice.

“As a team, we have been completing reading assignments and posting to an educational blog,” said Mrs. Wlodarczyk.

“Timothy is studying Waterbury native Frederick Smith from the 2nd Ranger Battalion in World War II. While visiting the Normandy American Cemetery in Normandy, he will give a eulogy honoring this brave young man,” said Mrs. Wlodarczyk who will also give two presentations at the district and state level on the Normandy campaign.

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