Rocky Run Middle To Hold Annual World War II Oral History Day

June 1, 2012 11:46 amBy: 

Rocky Run Middle School will hold its annual World War II Oral History Day on Thursday, June 7, beginning with an opening ceremony at 8 AM.

This annual event hosts over 100 World War II veterans and witnesses to the events of that war who discuss their recollections with seventh grade students.

Rocky Run tradition 

This is the 11th year of the World War II Oral History Day project at Rocky Run. Social studies teacher Jamie Sawatzky, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) 2011 Teacher of the Year, and his students invite World War II veterans or other witnesses to World War II to come to the school and discuss their experiences with the seventh grade history classes.

This is accomplished through a series of interviews conducted in either small panel groups of three to five veterans, or individual groups with one veteran or witness being interviewed by a group of four to five students. The students have prepared for this day through their studies as well as learning about their interviewees’ experiences.

The program 

The school also refers to the day as “The Latest Generation Meets the Greatest Generation.” Guests are greeted by the school band playing music from the 1940s. They are then paired up with a chaperone-guide who will escort the guest around the school, enabling them to navigate the school and attend the various interview sessions.  Each guest will have about four or five interview sessions with seventh grade history students.

Chamber music as well as student skits and music from the era are planned for the day; one of the skits that has become a mainstay is Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” The teacher’s lounge is converted into a World War II era canteen complete with memorabilia as well as music from the 1940s. A special lunch is provided by the PTA.

Guests for World War II Day range from veterans of the Pacific campaigns, the European theater, survivors of the German death camps, survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack, American prisoners of war held by both the Germans and Japanese, Bataan Death March survivors, as well as Japanese American citizens who survived American internment camps.

Comments

More Top Stories

  • Floods & Natural Disasters Top Stories Winter storm warning issued for Fairfax (again!)

    Winter storm warning issued for Fairfax (again!)

    This is the winter that never ends. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm warning from midnight tonight (Wednesday) until 9 pm. tomorrow, Thursday, March 5. A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Roads will become snow covered and visibilities will drop to around a quarter-mile at times making travel dangerous. Traveling With this forecast, you are reminded to get […]

    Read more →
  • Business Employment Top Stories Bechtel bringing 700 new jobs to Fairfax

    Bechtel bringing 700 new jobs to Fairfax

    Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Bechtel Corporation, one of the world’s largest engineering, construction and project management companies, will invest $10 million to relocate its Frederick, Maryland operation to Fairfax County as a result of global restructuring. The project will create 700 new jobs. “Bechtel Corporation relocated its Global Operations headquarters from Maryland to Fairfax County in 2011, and continues to thrive in our first-rate business climate,” McAuliffe said. “Today’s announcement further solidifies the company’s commitment to Virginia, and […]

    Read more →
  • Politics Top Stories Warner, Kaine urge GAO probe of highway guardrails

    Warner, Kaine urge GAO probe of highway guardrails

    U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are asking the Government Accountability Office for a formal investigation into the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) process for evaluating the safety of roadside hardware, including guardrails that have been implicated in more than a dozen serious accidents – some fatal – nationwide, including in Virginia. “The developments over the past several months raise serious questions about the effectiveness of the current framework for evaluating the reliability and integrity of roadside hardware products, […]

    Read more →
  • Police & Crime Top Stories Two Virginia State Police troopers hurt in separate incidents

    Two Virginia State Police troopers hurt in separate incidents

    Two Virginia State Police troopers have been injured in separate accidents today. In the most recent incident, a trooper had stopped a traffic violator on the shoulder of the westbound lanes of I-66, just east of the Beltway/I-495 interchange. The trooper was standing next to the violator’s car when a passing vehicle ran off the road and collided with the vehicles stopped on the shoulder. The trooper was struck during the course of the collision. The trooper and three others have […]

    Read more →
  • Police & Crime Prince William Top Stories Virginia State Police trooper injured in crash

    Virginia State Police trooper injured in crash

    A Virginia State Police trooper is recovering after his vehicle was struck by an out-of-control SUV in Prince William County. The crash occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. Tuesday along the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the 152 mile marker. Trooper I.J. Dallam Sr., was parked off the left side of Interstate 95 (where the former HOV lanes used to merge into southbound I-95) and running stationary radar on southbound traffic. A 2000 Ford Explorer was traveling at an excessive rate […]

    Read more →
  • Top Stories Transportation Connolly “stunned” at revelations, warns of Metro “safety gap”

    Connolly “stunned” at revelations, warns of Metro “safety gap”

    The Ranking Member of a House Subcommittee that on Friday will look at Washington Metrorail safety in the wake of the January 12 Yellow Line fatal smoke incident says he will focus on six urgent federal recommendations on ventilation just issued by the National Transportation Safety Board. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Ranking member of the House Government Operations Subcommittee, said “Frankly, it is stunning that WMATA would need NTSB to remind it that the Metrorail system should have a ventilation […]

    Read more →
  • Falls Church Great Falls Herndon McLean Politics Top Stories Vienna Jennifer Chronis announces candidacy in Dranesville District

    Jennifer Chronis announces candidacy in Dranesville District

    Today, Great Falls resident Jennifer Chronis announced her campaign for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors-Dranesville District, picking up the endorsement of Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield). The seat is now held by John W. Foust. “Fairfax County is at a crossroads. The decline in federal spending is impacting our local economy after decades of prosperity, limiting the revenue that we need to invest in our schools, transportation and other needs that are critical to our quality of life,” Chronis said. “The […]

    Read more →
  • Health Top Stories Suspected Fairfax measles case tests negative

    Suspected Fairfax measles case tests negative

    The Fairfax County Health Department says a suspected case of measles has tested negative. The department had said yesterday (Tuesday) that it was investigating a possible case in an unnamed Fairfax County resident but today said tests came back negative. People who have received at least one dose of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in the past are at very low risk of being infected with measles. Measles is easily preventable through safe and effective MMR vaccine. The best […]

    Read more →