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East Hills: Class focuses on courageous characters

<p>Pictured from left are, Jonna Barton, Etta Grant, Mrs. Darr, Brooklyn Barton, John Grant and Ashlyn Barton.</p>

Pictured from left are, Jonna Barton, Etta Grant, Mrs. Darr, Brooklyn Barton, John Grant and Ashlyn Barton.

<p>John Grant speaking to Mrs. Darr’s 6th grade class.</p>

John Grant speaking to Mrs. Darr’s 6th grade class.

Ashlyn and Brooklyn Barton are students in Mrs. Darr’s 6th grade Social Studies class at East Hills Middle School. The class has been reading Fire From the Rock by Sharon Draper as a part of their Common Core Unit on courageous characters and their civil rights unit in history. The girls became very interested in this time period and organized a visit by their grandfather, Mr. John Grant, from Alma. Mr. Grant was a National Guardsman from Dover in 1957, and he was called to Little Rock to aid the integration efforts there. He spoke to sixth graders at East Hills about the history of civil rights in our nation, the situation in Little Rock in 1957, and the effects of prejudice on our society today.

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