Students explore World War II footlocker

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History students at Effingham High School are spending part of their week sifting through a World War II era footlocker filled with historical artifacts.

The locker includes samples of sand from Iwo Jima and Normandy, a cloth map, a first aid kit, an armed forces magazine and other authentic items.

“It’s one thing to sit in class and listen to me talk about what they read … but if students can actually hold something and look at it and actually make a connection with the past, with these artifacts, then I really think they learn a lot more,” said history teacher Ryan Ervin.

The locker was provided by the National WWII Museum in New Orleans through a program called Operation Footlocker.

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