LACS Teacher, Student to Study World War II in HawaiiA student and teacher from Lehman Alternative Community School are one of just 16 teams selected to travel to Hawai’i this summer to study the impacts of World War II in the Pacific.
LACS teacher Alexandra (Lexi) Hartley and student Naia Peery were chosen to participate in Sacrifice for Freedom: World War II in the Pacific Student and Teacher Institute, organized by the history non-profit National History Day. In June, they will join 15 other student-teacher teams from the United States mainland, Hawai’i, and American Samoa to explore historic sites from World War II’s Pacific Theatre of Operations. Only 16 teams were selected out of over 120 applications.
Hartley originally heard of the National History Day program from one of her high school teachers, who participated and traveled to Normandy. Peery shared Hartley’s interest and excitement in the unique opportunity to expand her learning beyond the classroom.
While they don’t leave for a few months, Hartley and Peery are already preparing for their experience. Each team is researching a military service member who died in World War II and is buried or memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. Hartley and Peery are excited to be learning more about a female service member and are currently in the process of gathering information about her and contacting people who knew her. They will also read books and other materials and engage in online discussions prior to their departure.
Once they arrive in O’ahu, teams will learn firsthand about the impact of World War II in the Pacific. The experience will culminate with the completion and presentation of each team’s service member profile, which will be featured on www.nhdsilentheroes.org.