War is Serious, Students Discover


War is Serious, Students Discover
4/20/2010 12:03:12 PM

Local veteran interviews will be archived by Rose Bud EAST students.


Monday, March 29, 2010


The Daily Citizen


By Warren Watkins


Students in Tami Baker’s EAST Lab at Rose Bud High School are finding out that war is serious as they interview veterans on video camera in a class project.


Veterans who would like to volunteer are needed, Baker said, so the students can learn first-hand from eyewitnesses to battle.


“It’s different, to know the actual realities,” said student Bailey, 14, a ninth-grader who interviewed David Cartwright, a veteran of the First Gulf War. “I didn’t think it would be that serious. I didn’t think they actually felt the way they feel. It’s very excruciating to know their feelings when they are in their battles.”


Bailey said she and fellow student Caleb, 15, a 10th grader, asked Cartwright some basic questions about where he had been stationed and what war he was fighting.


“We did ask him if he had any friends there, if he ever got to talk to this family when he was in the war, if he had left anybody and what would he tell people today,” Bailey said.


After the interview, Bailey said she knew the war and talking about the war had been difficult for Cartwright.


“I feel it brought back some memories that I’m sure he wishes he had forgotten,” she said. “That’s what I got from it. But I’m sure it would be very helpful to some of the other generations to know some of the realities. It might even inspire them to some greater patriotism.”


Bailey said she had talked to Cartwright before but not about his war experiences.


“I’m sure different veterans have different stories, and every story I’ve ever listened to, and I’ve listened to quite a few actually, it just gets deeper and deeper,” she said. “Sometimes it feels like you’re just over your head.”


Caleb said the project was difficult for that reason.


“It was a lot harder than I thought it would be,” he said. “Normally Mr. Cartwright is a cheerful guy everyone likes to talk with, but when we started talking to him he got a lot more serious. He was going through some long-lost memories.”


Caleb hopes to interview his grandfather, James Matthews, who served in Vietnam.


Baker said she hopes the video files will be donated to other schools in the area for use in history classes use it, as well as the White County Library System.


“It’s a piece of history,” Baker said. “They’ve got some people set up they are going to be interviewing, with one interview set up for this week.”


Veterans from any war are needed, Baker said.


“I think the kids need to see the similarities and the differences and how technology has changed,” Baker said. “Some of the similarities involve the emotional conflicts these people go through. I think it’s going to be good for the kids to see what these people went though, and I think it’s going to be interested to see what the kids will do with it. They are naive to all of this. They’re just now finding out what this is all about. It’s going to be an eye-opener for all of them.”


Veterans who would like to volunteer are asked to call the Rose Bud Schools at (501) 556-5815 and ask for the EAST Lab or for Tami Baker.



Photo: Rose Bud High School EAST Lab students Caleb, left, and Bailey, middle, practice interviewing David Cartwright, who served in the U.S. Army from 1990-98, as part of of class project to document interviews with veterans. The students are learning first hand about what happens in wars from veterans as the conduct the interviews.


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