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AP history students at JEHS interview grandparents and relatives

Jordan-Elbridge High School social studies teacher Jason Kufs knows how important history is, even on a family level.

That’s why for the last 17 years he’s given his students a project where they interview older family members or peers and present what they’ve learned in front of the class.

In May, the juniors in his AP History class interviewed older parents, grandparents and even great grandparents and shared stories about what life was like many years ago.

“The students aren’t just working on their interviewing and speaking skills, they are learning about legacy,” Kufs said.

“I’ve had past students tell me that they’ve framed their interviews or even used them as a eulogy. They are so happy to have found out all about someone in their family or even a peer, and they often learn so much about those time periods.”

Griffin Vincent interviewed his great grandfather – who was born in 1936 – and learned about a time when society wasn’t so dependent on technology. He also learned about his great grandfather’s childhood and how he met his wife.

“It was great to hear about how different his life was,” he said.

Ranait McGuire talked to her great grandmother and said the project taught her a lot about her family, and helped hone some skills she knows she’ll use in the future.

“This really helped with my public speaking and bringing in the audience and grabbing their attention,” she said.

“Mr. Kufs gave us some example questions and those helped me come up with a few of my own. This also helped with my writing and essay skills.”

Superintendent: James R. Froio
Phone: 315.689.8500
Address: 9 N. Chappell St., PO Box 902 | Jordan, NY 13080