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Teaching the next generation

Teaching the next generation


Teaching the Next Generation

"72 sixth graders attended a presentation, regarding WW II through present day, from the local VFW  on November 11th.  This is the third year the VFW has made presentations" said Kim Hassler, 6th grade social studies teacher at Richardson Elementary.

Pictured from left to right Ken Davis, Jim Nail,Cliffard Mathis, Bob Newell and Paul Ray.
Tribune photo/ Fred Poese

by Ken Davis
Seven members of VFW Post 5789 spent part of their Veterans Day holiday speaking to sixth grade students at Richardson Elementary School.  This was the third year that the post members spoke to students about their life in the military.  The speakers included Clifford Mathis who served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Europe during World War II.  Robert Newell told about his Army service during the Korean War.  Ken Davis and Paul Ray related their experiences while serving in Vietnam.  Jim Nail graduated from the U.S., Naval Academy, and served as a submarine officer and later had an assignment in Afghanistan.  Mike Dodig was an Army paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and was involved in the American military action in Grenada in 1983.  James McCann, a Marine reservist arrived home from Iraq on Septembe4r 28th and was with his VFW comrades at Richardson to tell the students about his time in service.
Earlier in the week, six VFW members presented a Veterans in the classroom program for the 5th grade students at Summit Pointe Elementary School.  Members of Post 5789 have been involved in presenting these programs to students in the R-7 School District for a number of years.  The veterans spoke to more than 150 students at these two schools.  This program is geared toward upper elementary and middle school students.  For information about this program, call the VFW at 816-525-5789

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