World Wide Web for you, number 1

Olivia Hoffman places flowers on the graves of veterans at Chalmette National Cemetery May 26, 2008 in Chalmette, Louisiana. The cemetery is located just outside of New Orleans next to Chalmette Battlefield, the site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, the last battle ever fought between England and the United States. Over 15,000 soldiers from various wars are buried at the cemetery which opened in 1864 as a final resting place for Union soldiers who perished in Louisiana hospitals during the Civil War. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, Memorial Day was expanded after World War I to commemorate any members of the American military that died while in service to their country.

Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Check out two blogs from members of the USM community:

1. Chuck Taft’s Taft in the South blog, chronicling his trip through the deep south and his observations about the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Be prepared to 1) learn and 2) be awed at the opportunities our kids have to learn from Chuck.

2. USM upper school student blog on their trip to Tanzania.

Here’s from their second post:

Why are we going to Tanzania?

Here is the story.

During the 2005-2006 School Year, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) began this program to bring students and schools from around the world together to address global issues. Using the book by J.F Richard, High Noon: 20 Global Problems and 20 Years to Solve Them, NAIS framed a series of activities, then set the teams in schools to work on projects. They allowed schools to sign up in pairs or on their own and in many cases, assigned the global issue for teams to work on. You can read more about the program at http://www.nais.org/challenge2020. In the fall of 2006,USM signed up and was assigned two teams–one of them partnerd with International School of Moshi, Tanzania. We also got the task of poverty to work and study with our parnter school, and then implement a solution in our local areas.

And what are you doing today?

When you go the blog, be sure to click on the bottom to the “next entry,” to see additional blog entries. Otherwise you’ll miss our kids’ smart comments and observations about this extraordinary learning experience.

Enjoy reading!

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