Run by the Freedom Committee of Orange County, the goal of The Living History project is to bring "Living History" into the classroom. Veterans from the Korean War, Vietnam War, and World War II agree to share their life experiences, particularly those of combat, with students.
“The baby boomers never saw combat,” said veteran Bob Leahy. This was the second time Mr. Leahy participated in this project, and he said that he plans to continue his involvement in the Living History project. When asked how the project benefitted him, Mr. Leahy said that that he liked gaining insight regarding the lives of the younger generation.
Student groups of three to four were randomly assigned a veteran. Each group created a binder including a video of their interview with the veteran, a five page paper, and a thank you letter. These binders, along with complimentary Mustangs T-shirts, were presented to the veterans at a breakfast held in the CMHS library on Wednesday morning. The breakfast opened with the pledge of allegiance and ended with a group photo. Among the attendees were Superintendent Dr. Frederick Navarro, Dr. Peralta, and Costa Mesa High School’s new principal, Dr. Jacob Haley.
“I thought it was very important,” said student Jennifer Garcia, “it was really cool to learn in a different style.”