Antietam Academy students plant trees at Antietam Battlefield

November 11, 2012
  • Ranger Andrew Landsman of Antietam National Battlefield plants a seedling with Antietam Academy student Brian Rowland.
Submitted photo

On Oct. 25, the middle school students at Antietam Academy went on a field trip to Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. 

In addition to learning about the battlefield, and in conjunction with their social studies and language arts classes, the students fulfilled student service-learning requirement hours for middle school. 

In the morning, the students participated in three activities with Ranger Christie Stanczak. The activities were “Civil War Soldier,” “Angels of the Battlefield” and “Flags that Talk.”

In the afternoon, the students worked with Rangers Andrew Landsman and Chris Tawney and planted a variety of seedlings. The students had to decide where the seedlings were to be planted, dig the holes with shovels and plant the seedlings.

In total, the students planted 40 to 50 seedlings.
Overall, the students had a great day and felt very successful in their efforts.

Eighth-grade student Jeremy Smith said, “It was fun, because we got to plant seedlings, and I might like to get a job there in the future.”

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