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Soddy-Daisy students honoring Pearl Harbor survivors

By Megan Boatwright

Eyewitness News Reporter

SODDY-DAISY (WRCB) --  It's an inspiring story of a Soddy-Daisy High School class.  Gearing up for an experience their calling 'Project Pearl Harbor'.  In December over 60 media and history students will travel to Hawaii to record the personal stories of the survivors of the 1941 attack.  Saturday night the students held a banquet to begin raising money for the trip.

When you're a high school teacher getting students completely engaged in a learning experience can be challenging.

"It's really interesting to watch 16 and 17-year-old kids interact with and be interested in something a 91-year-old man's talking about," says Soddy-Daisy High School Media teacher, Glenn Bolin. 

Bolin knew he had something special on his hands when on a class trip to Hawaii he watched his students interact with Pearl Harbor survivors.

"As a teacher I saw the importance in them being able to have this experience," says Bolin. 

That was the catalyst that got the ball rolling on a project Soddy-Daisy students with all take part in this December.

"Being a media teacher and having access to equipment and the skills to do so I decided there was something I would do about it," says Bolin. 

Bolin added, "That was to sit down with the survivors and record their stories."

Saturday night over 60 students served dinner to family and friends to raise money for the project.  They'll visit Pearl Harbor on the anniversary date of the attack; shoot memorial services that day and interview survivors.

"A lot of people haven't been to Hawaii," says senior, Melissa Downs.  "Nobody really knows that much about Pearl Harbor.  It'll be a learning experience." 

Jeb Johnson and Melissa Downs are both going on the trip.  They say it'll be a new experience for them.

"I think the neat thing is being a part of this a part of preserving history," says Johnson. 

Each student has to raise over a thousand dollars to go on the trip.  Saturday nights banquet is the first of many fundraisers to come.  Bolin says his hope for the trip is that it'll be something the students never forget.

"These guys are heroes," says Bolin of the survivors.  "I think this lesson will carry the students for years."  

 

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