EL PASO (U.S. ARMY) — Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, joined students at Morehead Middle School to help bring history to life during a social studies event Nov. 20.
The purpose was to provide students with a sense of realism of world events they learn about in the classroom, said Linda Duncan, a Social Studies teacher.
“Students learned that today’s armed forces evolved from the revolutionary period,” said Duncan. “And these forces that continue to defend our country are still here today.”
Eighth-grade student, Russell Steans, who role-played John Adams, the second president of the United States and strong supporter of the American Revolution, took his role seriously.
“I had a great time talking to all the children and students about who I was and how I was one of the most important founding fathers of the United States of America,” said Russell.
The Soldiers, who are partnered with the school under the Partners in Education program serve under Training and Doctrine Command. They deploy to the field twice a year at Fort Bliss, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M. to participate in the Network Integration Evaluation exercise in which they assess new technologies and provide feedback to the Army.
Russell said he believes today’s weaponry has a clear advantage from which the country’s founding fathers would have benefited.
“I feel personally that if we had had the technology that we have today earlier in the revolution we would have (been) more efficient and would have won the revolution much more quickly,” said Russell.
Pvt. 2 Alexander Theurer from 1st Bn., 35th AR Regt., said he enjoyed interacting with students and teachers and believes these types of activities help promote learning that involves an entire community.
“I think it was great,” said Theurer. “Having the founding fathers like George Washington and John Adams coming up to us (acting) thrilled to see us laughing and smiling and asking us questions gave us the opportunity to discover new facts. We taught them, they taught us. I learned some new things about the founding fathers today myself, so it was good.”