SIPSEY VALLEY STUDENTS BUILD ON THEIR GREAT DEPRESSION STUDIES

TUSCALOOSA – Sixth-graders at Sipsey Valley Middle School read all about the Great Depression over Christmas break, and came back to school wanting to see what it was like.

So teacher Tuscaloosa County’s Alabama Teacher of the Year Kalon Borden hatched a plan to help students learn about families who were forced to live among the ramshackle cities that sprung up — they’d build their own.

“America has its own homeless problem today as well,” he said. “So they wanted to see what it would be like if they were in those conditions. So I challenged them to bring their own materials from home, and we are going to build our own Hoovervilles.”

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