Patton Junior High School students in Marilyn McGeorge’s ninth-grade interactive media class — with the help of Soldiers from the Mission Command Training Program — have created a video highlighting Fort Leavenworth’s role in US history. The students are promoting the The Frontier Army Museum, which collects and preserves artifacts that tell the story of the Frontier Army and America’s growth in the 19th Century.
Designing and creating the Wizard of Oz themed public service announcement enabled the team of students to learn the various roles of a video production company such as writer, director, producer, video editor, costume designer and actor.
The team’s project was also an opportunity for the students to learn right in their own backyards about the history of the oldest active United States Army post west of Washington, D.C.
In the video, a Soldier helps each of the characters find a heart at the Combined Arms Center buildings with the clock tower that ticks, a brain at the Lamp in front of the Lewis and Clark Center and Command and General Staff College, and courage at the Buffalo Soldier Monument that honors the Army’s African-American Soldiers.
View the video below and read more in Melissa Bowers’ article in the Leavenworth Lamp.