Written by Colin Erchull, Class of 2020
Photography by Sarah Kiefer, Class of 2021
WWII D-Day: Invasion of Europe may be the most requested for class in all of Renew. This is a class that covers WWII from after the allies landed at Normandy to the end. The students learned from Mr. Adamski and Mr. Roelofs about the war in France, Poland, and Germany and the tactics that were used.
The class further learned about WWII through movies like Saving Private Ryan, reenactors, and even veterans of the war. They also did drills and learned about the weapons that were used.
But the class isn’t just about fighting. It also teaches lessons about God and the world around us. “It taught me how precious life is and how quickly everything you know and have can go away,” says sophomore Adam VanProoyen. “I learned that war shouldn’t be glorified.”
The class, focusing mainly on the Americans and Germans, learned about how people of the time interacted with the world as well.
On Monday, the 8th, two WWII reenactors came in to talk about the war. One reenactor was dressed as a French commando, and the second was dressed as an American paratrooper. They explained everything about their uniforms, from the pouches to the many hidden weapons that the troops had. Everything had a purpose.
The man dressed as a commando explained what life was like in France under the Nazi occupation, and the paratrooper explained all of the tools that paratroopers had. Then they showed off the guns of the war, explaining how they worked.
All of the weapons were modified so that they couldn’t fire., but otherwise, they worked just the same. After that, the class learned how to do military drills and stand like a soldier. With emphasis on posture and proper foot turning, the students spent time drilling in the Learning Commons. The teachers called out commands and the students followed.
Last, the class learned about grenades. After a quick tutorial on how grenades worked and were thrown, they went out into the baseball field and practiced throwing model grenades from the war. Not many students hit the target, but lots of fun was had by all. No one seems to go unsatisfied in this class!
Colin Erchull is a sophomore at Timothy Christian School. He enjoys music, reading, and sleeping.
Sarah Kiefer is a freshman at Timothy Christian. She is a photographer. She loves God, working with kids and animals, and one day she hopes to be a nurse.