Park High Projects Raise Awareness about the Vietnam War

Livingston, MT: Park High School’s Contemporary American Lit class will showcase their Vietnam War projects at the Yellowstone Gateway Museum, 118 W. Chinook, on Thursday, December 1, from 5-6:30 PM. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this free event. Students will be on hand to talk about their projects.

This special evening highlights thirteen projects by individual and paired students, focusing on the Vietnam War and guided by teacher Sarah Dahl; student teacher, Melissa Sevier; industrial technology teacher, Jamie Isaly, and librarian Kate Linde. After reading the Vietnam War novel, Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Meyers, and reflecting on the question, “What do we fail to recognize about the Vietnam War?” the students developed their own ideas, conducted their own research, and created every aspect of their project. Topics covered include PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), technological advancements, soldier survival, media coverage, protesting, misconceptions about the war and more. Some incorporated LED light stickers into their projects. This is the second year students have displayed their work at the museum. Last year’s projects were artistic and poignant, reflecting the seriousness of the topic.

The students’ projects will be on display through Saturday, December 17. The museum’s exhibit, “Honoring Park County Veterans: A Military History” is a backdrop to the students’ work. Come out and share your support of the students and their innovative, thought-provoking projects. The museum is open Thursday-Saturday, 10-5.