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‘Grove 7th-Graders Hold Fund-Raiser For Vets

Teacher Amy Cantymagli and the flyer for her history class’ Wounded Warriors fund-raiser

POTTSTOWN PA – Seventh-graders studying history in Pottsgrove Middle School hope to take lessons they’ve learned from the past and apply them to make the future brighter for modern-day veterans.

Teacher Amy Cantymagli and her students have spent time comparing and contrasting the experiences of Revolutionary War soldiers to those of living armed services veterans. Because Cantymagli is an advocate of what is called “project-based learning,” which encourages students to apply 21st century skills to solve real-world problems, she’s also challenged them to develop a community event that educates the public about their research.

Their scholarly work hasn’t been limited to books and other materials. The students have communicated with veterans themselves, to hear and see their stories first-hand.

From those they’ve produced a variety of different media forms to express themselves to the public. It goes on display next Monday (Dec. 21, 2015) from 5-7 p.m. in the Friendly’s restaurant at 200 Shoemaker Rd., as part of a fund-raiser for vets. Prospective diners are being invited to take a meal there, because proceeds from the student-sponsored event will directly benefit wounded veterans.

The money will be donated to the Keystone Wounded Warriors, an eastern Pennsylvania non-profit group that specifically supports “local post-9/11 veterans and their families located in or with ties to Pennsylvania” who face “disabilities and difficulties transitioning into civilian life.”

For more information on the event, send an e-mail to Cantymagli, here.

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