After reading articles and attending a Europe Day presentation by WWII vet and French Legion of Honor recipient Robert Patton, Smith middle school students sent him letters describing what they learned. The American/French friendship began long before June 6, 1944, but the emotional ties run deep when these students walk the beaches of Normandy, see the American flags and memorials in most every village and hear the depth of gratitude in the local’s voices- still today. Our students and teachers experience an immense sense of pride for our soldiers and country. They acknowledge the effects of war and the necessity to develop and maintain institutions of peace such as the European Union. They appreciate the newly-formed friendships established with their Belgian pen pals as one step forward to global understanding and world peace.
These are the students who hope to learn more about WWII, the European Union, and European daily life as they spend a week with their host family in Belgium. Many of them need financial assistance to participate. Please consider helping finance one child’s experience and share your comments.
Contact Robin McMahon email@example.com
VOICES of MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS May 2012