War comes to LRHS (71 years after the fact)

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World War II reenactors explain the past to Mustangs

Sam Harris– LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The art of teaching history has become very real as world history teachers William Wallin, Kyle Steinburg and Rob Motes have put on LRHS’s first World War II reenactment. Students have the opportunity to learn about different weapons, outfits, and battles soldiers went through.

Wallin’s idea of recreating WWII stemmed from his personal hobby of reenacting past

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World War II reenactors explain the past to Mustangs

battles. He first found his passion five years ago, and has continued to engage in these reenactments eight to nine times each year.

“My favorite part of reenacting wars is getting to ride on tanks and train people. We get to play soldier out in the field,” Wallin said. Students get to learn about soldiers’ equipment,

struggles and hardships, along with important events such as D-Day, the 1944 invasion of Nazi occupied France.

Many students find it easier to learn from events such as this rather than just worksheets. Sophomore Ijonie Lewis said, “I learned that if a gas mask turns a different color you need to put it on so you don’t inhale it. Also that the soldiers carried gear and wore four to five pound helmets.”

Wallin is planning on doing another reenactment for next year’s classes.