I was in the 3rd grade at Alexandria. My teacher was Mrs. Pirkle. We children were playing out on the playground during recess when Mrs. Pirkle frantically gathered us all together and rushed us back into the white, single-floor schoolhouse. She immediately turned on the “big” screen TV that we had in our rooms. They were on tall, blue stands. Of course it was a black-and-white tube. We sat and watched this history-making event unfold. Even though I was just a child of 9, I vividly remember that day and the sadness of those around me.
I am now the 6th grade Social Studies teacher at Alexandria High School, and I know the importance of bringing history to life for my students. When I teach them about Nov. 22, 1963, I can let them know how that day 50 years ago affected me. I hope I can help them understand that when something makes an impact on their lives that it will stay with them forever.Susan Prickett BarrsWellington