Life­long lessons

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY OPIN­ION -

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.

Rob­bin Close

New­bury Park

Al Seib Los An­ge­les Times

LANCASTER teacher Jamie Goodreau and vet­eran Jer­ral Han­cock at the site of his fam­ily’s new home.

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