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November 11th, 2010
Mendez students interview veterans for oral history project


Lt. Clayton Gaines and Lt. Jake Wright speaking to the students at Mendez Elementary School.


The students at Irene K. Mendez Elementary School received some living history lessons during the month of October in preparation for Veterans Day.

Mendez teacher Brenda Butler said that students first interviewed veterans that they knew. Later some of those veterans came to the San Marcos CISD campuses as part of an oral history project. The veterans shared their personal experiences with the students.

Veterans who visited the classrooms include Sgt. Alan Cameron, Major Charles Blue, Yeoman 3rd Class Yolanda Sanchez, Lt. Jake Wright, and Lt. Clayton Gaines.

Veteran Lonnie Garza also shared his military memorabilia and experiences with fourth and fifth graders in the Mendez Elementary School library.

After the interviews with the veterans, Mendez students created posters honoring some of the veterans. The posters were then judged by local American Legion Post 144 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144.

The poster contest winners were announced in the Mendez gym on Nov. 8. in a program led by the San Marcos High School ROTC students. The Mendez Elementary choir also performed patriotic music.

The winning poster artists were first place winner Brandon Alvarado, second place winner Prodencio Calderon and third place winner Jacob Pettigrew. Students in the top twelve include Andria Beltran, Edith Allmand, Michael Vargas, Chris Goodson, Ruben Garcia, Danielle Sanchez, Benjamin Nance, Jonathan Silvas, and Andrew Rocha.

The top twelve posters will be available for public viewing beginning Nov. 11 at the LBJ Museum, 131 North Guadalupe Street.

Some of the veterans who participated in the Mendez Elementary oral history interviews will visit Miller Middle School Thursday on Veterans Day.


Students at Mendez Elementary pose questions to Lt. Clayton Gaines and Lt. Jake Wright.

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One thought on “Mendez students interview veterans for oral history project

  1. Fabulous job to both vets! I’m proud of you both.

    From an old friend of Lt. Gaines.

    Take care of yourself!

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