Local teacher selected for special WWI history program

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GREENE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A local teacher is one of just 18 from the United States selected to participate in an international professional development program.

The program, called Memorializing the Fallen, is put on by National History Day and sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

It will take educators on a journey to explore the history of World War I.

Stephanie Hammer, a teacher at William Monroe Middle School in Greene County, has participated in a program from National History Day before.

For this one, she will travel in Europe with other educators, making stops at Somme American Cemetery, St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Suresnes American Cemetery, and Aisne-Marne American Cemetery.

They will also visit battle sites and monuments at Belleau Wood, Verdun, and Meuse Argonne and they will attend the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles at the Palace of Versailles.

The program pays for travel, lodging, meals, books and more for the educators.

The educators will develop a lesson plan to focus on the legacy of the conflict based on their journey

There were 334 applicants to participate in this program, of which Hammer was one of 18 selected.

Other selected teachers are from Richmond, Virginia; Hilo, Hawaii; Ripley West Virginia; Nashville, Indiana; Yakima, Washington; Almond, Wisconsin; and Los Angeles, California among others.

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