The education department of the MacArthur Memorial has achieved a record level of outreach programs serving southeastern Virginia during the past three months.
The popularity of PowerPoint programs encompassing the contributions of General MacArthur and his father, Arthur, throughout American history has grown throughout the region. John McLaughlin, MacArthur Memorial educator, has visited eight schools since April 1st and reports a student attendance of more than 3,000 K-12 students. The most popular program presented has been "The Life and Times of General MacArthur," which features highlights of the General’s career through WWI, WWII and Korea. The second most popular request with area teachers has been "The Medal of Honor: Its History" which honors recipients of the award throughout various periods of American history.
The outreach program has allowed McLaughlin to market additional Memorial services directly to teachers including site visits to the Memorial, and interest in the summer teacher workshops. In addition to outreach efforts, the education department hosted the Norfolk Public Schools Broad Scholarship Awards ceremony June 12 in the theatre. Interim Superintendent Dr. Denise Schnitzer awarded each of 13 Norfolk high school graduating seniors a $10,000 college scholarship. The city school system is a finalist in the national competition for the $500,000 Broad Prize for Urban Education, source of the scholarships.
June marks the final month of the Memorial’s participation in the federal grant partnership with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. The educator participated in a final seminar with all grant participants, museum partners and university personnel. The Memorial’s final activity was a demonstration of the hands-on activities created in conjunction with the grant that are now available to area teachers.
Three new college interns joined the education department for summer work. They are: April Campen, Virginia Tech; Iana Simmons, Old Dominion University; and Rhonda Watson, Columbia Union College. These interns have been assigned various research projects that will assist the educator in creating new educational offerings for the public related to the occupation of Japan, the liberation of the internees at Santo Tomas and the rebuilding of our currently used discovery boxes.