WELLSBURG - Sixty-four sixth-graders from Wellsburg Middle School recently traveled to Gettysburg, Pa., for a three-day field trip where they learned about those who "gave the last full measure of devotion," as Abraham Lincoln put it in his famous speech.
The school was awarded a $2,000 grant by the Gettysburg Foundation after sixth-grade language arts teacher Diane Rasz attended the Richard Bartol Jr. Educators Conference held by the organization.
The grant provided for 50 pupils to participate, so the school held various fundraisers and solicited contributions. Major supporters included WMS PTA, Rob Boram Construction, Jackie and Rob Robinson, Fonce's Produce, William Watson, Tim Ennis, Jim Piccirilo, Waldorf Distributing, Lyle's Auto, Robert Scott Lumber, Toni Taylor, First Choice Realtors, Michelle Meca, Karen Panza, Donna DiPasquale and Johanna and Norman Tarr.
Under the direction of Rasz and fellow sixth-grade teachers Robyn Heaton, Cindy Schiffbauer, Sarah Myers, and Zack Falcon, the pupils read fiction and non-fiction material about the war, discussed the geography and researched aspects of the three-day battle. During their visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, they viewed Paul Philippoteaux's cyclorama painting depicting Pickett's Charge, explored Little Round Top and Devil's Den and visited the National Cemetery where more than 3,500 Union soldiers are buried and Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.