Re “A war vet’s struggles hit home,” Column One, June 11
I want to commend Jamie Goodreau, a most unusual and dedicated history teacher at Lancaster High School. She encourages her students to understand and get involved in living history rather than lecture or assign questions to answer at the end of textbook chapters.
Her students give back to the community and learn lifelong lessons, exemplified by their work for Jerral Hancock, a wounded veteran of the Iraq war, who was able to acquire a home for himself and his family. Goodreau encouraged students to raise money; they collected $350,000 over two years.
The young people learned how to read blueprints from architects, how to take out a mortgage and many other components of building homes. This is true hands-on learning.
Thanks to all involved, and thank you, Hancock, for your service to our country.
LANCASTER teacher Jamie Goodreau and veteran Jerral Hancock at the site of his family’s new home.