Students aware of Diggers’ sacrifice

23 Apr, 2015 02:00 AM

ALTHOUGH a century has passed since the Gallipoli landing, the Anzac story continues to gain strength - and among the many storytellers is Lameroo war historian Maureen Steinborner.

Despite having no direct link to the Great War, the former Year 6-7 teacher has spent the past decade educating the next generation at Lameroo Regional Community School.

"I can't really remember when I started teaching the students about Australia's involvement in World War I and II, but I recall speaking to RSL members Jack Walker and Mick McAppion, and the whole concept about teaching students about Anzacs started from there," she said.

"It has been good to see how much awareness there is now about Gallipoli among the students, not just on Anzac Day, but also for our Remembrance Day services."

It was this increased awareness that encouraged the students to document the stories of veterans from the local district.

"As we only had a handful of World War II veterans left in the district, we didn't want that history to disappear," she said.

"The Year 6-7 students interviewed these veterans, and the DVDs were reproduced for families in the district, with copies also made available at the school's library.

"The respect the students hold these gentlemen in makes the whole experience worthwhile."

Alisha Fogden

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