CPA MS Honors the "Greatest Generation" through cross-curricular '40s Day Program
Headmaster Nate Morrow says, “Great collaboration brings value to others.” This was certainly true of the CPA Middle School’40s Day Program. The collaboration of multiple subject areas and a service-minded approach resulted in a performance that brought value to both participants and audience members.
In preparation for the annual CPA ’40s Day, CPA eighth grade students studied the culture, art, literature, and events of the times in History, Art, and English classes. Additionally, students participated in a service project in which they gathered with WWII veterans and senior citizens to interview and listen to the incredible stories from the past. The members of the “Greatest Generation” were eager to tell students about their experiences growing up in the 1940s: the food and supplies rationing, the long waits for news and letters, and the famous personalities of the times. At the Bellevue YMCA, senior citizens shared magazines, war medals, and letters from their youth in the 1940s. Students learned from people whose lives at age 13 were much different than what an eighth grader experiences today.
On Friday, March 3, the Academy invited eighth grade parents, grandparents, and the new friends who had been interviewed to attend the special ’40s Day event. Boys dressed in military uniforms escorted guests into the Event Center by way of the “Mess Tent” and provided everyone with a “hash box” complete with “rations” to enjoy during the program. Preceding the USO-styled show presented by the students for their guests, grandparents and senior citizens from the community were honored with a standing ovation. The performance itself, while an incredible display of talent and information, was both a testimony to the transformational education in multiple subject areas and a tribute to the sacrifice of a generation given to ensure freedom for people around the world.
Eighth grader Parker said of the experience, “It wasn’t until we interviewed senior citizens that I realized rationing happened for everyone, not just in certain cities or overseas. It was really special having the senior citizens we met on campus for the show- that was actually my favorite part of the program.”
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Christ Presbyterian Academy is a private, coeducational, college-preparatory school for grades preschool through 12. The Academy provides transformational education through a Christian worldview and offers extensive programs to develop the diverse potential of each student. CPA is a ministry of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Nashville, Tennessee.