It is not uncommon for teachers at Park Center to pull in various outside resources to help their students understand concepts and practice techniques. Park Center has a well developed volunteer program that uses parents, business leaders and community members to bring in their expertise. Staff members often bring their young children into the Child Development classes providing a practicum experience for our students. Sometimes even older parents of staff members can provide a service.
On Tuesday, April 11th Mr. Kreie’s ELL History class was visited by Mr. John Granda, a World War II veteran. Mr. Granda is the father of ELL paraprofessional Faye Goodwin(right). He came in and shared his war experiences in the Pacific with the students, recounting his time spent in Okinawa, on the beaches in the Philippines, and fighting the Japanese. Mr. Granda was even on the beach watching when General MacArthur walked up. He recounted his fighting experiences, digging foxholes, and the guard duty at night. After finishing his stories, the students were given time to ask him questions.
“It was great to see the students interacting and asking questions,” said Mr. Kreie. “It was one of the best things we’ve done all year.” The interaction between races and generations was a great experience for all of the students. They enjoyed Mr. Granda so much that they invited him to go to the Twin’s game on May 3, 2006. All in all, it was a great learning session and they are hoping he can come again next year.
|Talking to the class||At the Twins Game|
|Cheering the Twins on||Chillin' in the stands|