MONARCH — Artifacts from World War II were part of a history project for some students at Monarch Elementary School.
Fifth grade student at MES held history in their hands last week during Ms. Brooke Johnson and Mrs. Ginne Ponder’s Social Studies classes.
The classes were the recipients of a soldier’s footlocker delivered to the school from the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. The footlocker contained many artifacts from the war including:
• Sand from Omaha Beach, one of the five beaches in France that American, British, and Canadian troops stormed on D-Day in 1944 in the European theatre of the war.
• Ashes from Iwo Jima, an island taken by American Marines in the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945 in the Pacific theatre of the war.
• Steel pennies
• Ration Tokens
• Gas masks
The students were even able to hear recorded messages from soldiers to their families back on the home front.
As part of their studies, the students had to undertake a number of activities similar to those people did in World War II including ration electronics and sweets, and create propaganda posters. They will also soon be planting their very own Victory Gardens.
Abby Gregory and Gage Williams compare modern gas masks to a World War II gas mask.
Emma Cate Childers is surprised that she is holding Japanese soil in class.
Students examine cloth maps used during invasions of the war.
This soldier’s footlocker from World War II was delivered to the fifth grade Social Studies classes at Monarch Elementary School from the World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. The footlocker and its World War II era contents are being used as part of a history project in the classes.