Principals' Memo #1020-11

Department of Education

June 28, 2011

TO: Principals

FROM: Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT: The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Lesson Plan Award

Since January 2009, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership ( has coordinated the “Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student” program, a service-learning project connecting middle-school students to American history using primary source documents, integrated humanities instruction, and digital technology.  Students working in this project have created a series of 2-minute vodcasts (mini-documentaries) focusing on several historically important sites in the Mid-Atlantic region.  The latest series of vodcasts was completed for the 150th Commemoration of the First Battle of Manassas, July 21, 2011. 

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership invites teachers to incorporate these student-produced mini-documentaries into lesson plans that support the Virginia Standards of Learning.  Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of educators and curriculum specialists, and a monetary award of $500 will be presented to the educator who develops the most comprehensive lesson plans using one or more of the vodcast series.

Teachers can access the Harpers Ferry, Monticello, and Battles of Manassas and Balls Bluff vodcasts at beginning June 20, 2011.  Lesson plans must be completed by September 1, 2011, and can be sent electronically to or via hard copy or disk to:

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership
P. O. Box 77
Waterford, VA, 20197  

For more information, please contact The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Office at 540-882-4929, or by e-mail at