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Think Grant Participants

Thank you to all of those who participated in the —Think LOCAL. Make HISTORY.—grant competition, and congratulations to all of our winners!

ABC-CLIO’s commitment to the educational community has long been represented in its creation of new teaching opportunities that help students succeed. This program was our first to present social studies teachers serving grades 6–12 with the chance to do some digging into local history—and to use ABC-CLIO’s Solutions databases to support their research!

Four winners have been selected and will receive $2,500 each to spend on their classrooms. Want to know who won? Read on for a synopsis of the winning projects:

• Jennie Crownson, from J. Sterling Morton East High School in Cicero, IL, looked at yearbooks from the same school for 1919, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, and 1927 to investigate the role of Rose Marie Gyles in the development of local physical education programs for women.

• Shelly Cunningham, from Region 9 Education Service Center in Wichita Falls, TX, provided images of three artifacts from her town—a toy called a flipper dinger, tools for cleaning cotton, and a rabbit stick for hunting rabbits—and explained how each may be used in an instructional setting to teach about daily life for local pioneer children, settlers, and Native Americans.

• Pearl Jonas, from Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA, analyzed an article titled “The Right of Colored People in Railway Cars” that appeared in the October 11, 1866 edition of the Philadelphia newspaper The Evening Telegraph. The article describes a court case wherein an African American woman, Mary E. Miles, refused to move from her seat on a railway car to a seat in the area designated for African Americans. Miles was forced to leave the car, but she subsequently won her court case against the railway company. Jonas tied this article to the Civil Rights movement, explaining that the issues commonly associated with it were found in the North as well as in the South and were not confined to only the 1950s and 1960s.

• Timothy Kegley, from Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, IN, also focused his project on the early years of the Civil Rights Movement. He submitted a photo of a class at C.J. Walker’s beautician school in 1950 Indianapolis, which, Kegley explained, not only provided a service to the community but also helped African American women to develop skills and opportunities for careers.

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