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Inside a Gladys P. Todd Academy Classroom

By Michael Zitz, Germanna Community College public information officer. Photos by Robert A. Martin.

Photo: Gladys P. Todd Academy students Adano Murray (left) and Dirk Jones, both juniors at James Monroe High School, keep their heads down while re-enacting WWI trench warfare in history class at Germanna. Adjunct Prof. Laura Lacey held the classroom exercise.

Germanna adjunct history Prof. Laura H. Lacey, behind “barbed wire,” reads to her Gladys P. Todd Academy students about WWI trench warfare.

Gladys P. Todd Academy student Brianna Munson takes notes during her history class at Germanna Community College, taught by adjunct professor Laura Lacey (background)

Germanna Community College adjunct professor of history Laura Homan Lacey wanted to give her GCC Gladys P. Todd Academy students an idea of what trench warfare was like during World War I. She had the students rearrange their desks to create a trench setting during a simulation that tied in visuals, music, and readings from “All’s Quiet on the Western Front” and “To the Last Man.”

Then the students launched a trench warfare battle with paper balls.

Lacey is the author of “Stay Off the Skyline: An Oral History of the Sixth Marine Division” and “Ortiz: To Live a Man’s Life.”

The Todd Academy, funded by Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation, gives first-generation James Monroe and Spotsylvania high school students the opportunity to earn their associate’s degree free by the time they graduate from high school. Buffett has committed $2 million to the program.

For more information on the Academy, and to apply, contact Project Director Antwan Perry at [email protected] or 540-891-3069. The deadline for applications by rising James Monroe and Spotsylvania high school juniors is April 15, 2016.

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