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FoWB Education Committee a Big Hit at Local School Event

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On Saturday, Jan 6, a group of volunteers from the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) kicked off the new year by visiting the Childhelp East Campus in Lignum, VA to share some presentations about life in the 19th century with the young residents living on the campus.

 

 

Bob Lookabill and Dr. John Yurechko, dressed in Civil War garb, spoke to the group of about 60 youngsters about life of a soldier during the Civil War.  The highlight, or possibly the low point, of the presentation was the sampling of hardtack – a key part of a soldier’s diet – by many of the boys and girls who immediately headed to the restrooms to spit it out.

 

 

Our “soldiers” were followed by Milbrey Bartholow, Kim Harmon, and Beth Stenstrom, dressed as ladies of colonial and anti-bellum Virginia who spoke to the children and demonstrated articles associated with the early history of our country.

 

Finally, Dan Sheron and his wife came to the event dressed for a formal dance and proceeded to teach the group the Virginia Reel.

All of the presenters were enthusiastically welcomed by the residents who showed their appreciation with hugs and loud “thank yous.”  And the FoWB volunteers came away from the experience feeling blessed that they could bring a little fun and entertainment into the lives of the young people who make Childhelp East their temporary home.

The Friends want to thank Tiffany Burchette from Childhelp East and our own Dick Rankin for coordinating this event and we look forward to being able to visit the campus again.

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