A group of students from Marshalltown High School, Miller Middle School, and Lenihan Intermediate School went to an event at the Iowa Historical Building in Des Moines on October 7 focused on this year’s National History Day theme, “Taking a Stand in History.”
Students had the opportunity to listen to the real-life experience of John Tinker of Tinker vs. the Des Moines School District (Supreme Court case). In regards to taking a stand, Tinker emphasized “the importance of obeying your conscience” and encouraged students to “think for yourselves.”
Students rotated through sessions about creating documentaries and exhibits, writing papers and building a performance to demonstrate their learning.
All students who were on the trip are Extended Learning Program (XLP) students from fifth grade all the way through the high school in the Marshalltown Community School District. XLP teachers Susan Fritzell (MHS), Ann Jackson (Miller), and Vanessa Engel (Lenihan) were all a part of the trip.