National History Day recently announced that Erica Swenson, a social studies and language arts teacher at Bruce M. Whittier Middle School in Poland, has been selected to participate in the American Battle Monuments Commission’s Understanding Sacrifice program.

Swenson and 17 other middle and high school teachers will conduct an indepth study of World War II in Europe that will result in teaching activities that utilize ABMC resources and put in context America’s overseas, military commemorative cemeteries.

Swenson was the only Maine teacher selected from among 128 applicants for the Understanding Sacrifice program. The teachers in the program attend a workshop in Arlington, Va., study World War II in Northern Europe, travel to England, France the Netherlands and Belgium in July 2015, and develop lesson materials for a website called Understanding Sacrifice. This website will be revealed in November 2015 at the National Council for Social Studies conference in New Orleans.

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