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Parkway South High Class Honored for Saving History

The History Channel has named a class from Parkway South High School one of 17 finalists in the national "Save Our History" awards contest. This is the second consecutive year that a South High class, under the leadership of teachers Elizabeth Morrison and Courtney Rejniak, has been named a finalist. "Save Our History" is a national and grassroots campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. The program works to mobilize communities and schools across the country to preserve America's national and local heritage, including landmarks, sites and artifacts. The South High students visited the National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Alumni Museum and Research Center on the grounds of Jefferson Barracks earlier this school year. There, they chose CCC artifacts that were placed in a traveling trunk. Teacher Elizabeth Morrison then created lesson plans revolving around the items, and the entire collection is scheduled to move from school to school throughout Missouri and then nationwide. The project's goal is to inform people of the important role the CCC played in the building of our nation. At its peak, over 60,000 men participated in the CCC, which built bridges, created ponds, developed state parks, arrested soil erosion and more. As finalists, a group from South High will visit Washington, D.C. for three days of history-themed activities, including Smithsonian tours, a tour of the national monuments and an awards luncheon. The South High class is now eligible for a $10,000 cash prize awarded to the school that demonstrates exceptional commitment to the program through projects and the implementation of lesson plans.