National Geographic : 1996 Jun
-Not content to have her students read about history, Penny Ferguson set about showing her students how to write it. Over a three-year period, her 11th-grade English classes researched, located old photos for, wrote, and published a three-volume history of their county. The students sold the books throughout the community to commemorate the bicentennial of their state. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the project was the interaction that took place .. between the students and local history experts with whom they consulted. "Many of these experts were over the age of seventy," remembers S Ferguson, "and what great respect and awe they generated from the Students with the wisdom and the knowledge they had to share." For teaching how an appreciation for history and the written word can unite generations, State Farm is pleased to present the Good Neighbor Award to Dr. Penny Ferguson, along with $5,000 in her name to Maryville High School in Maryville, Tennessee. O" -GOOD NEIGHBOR INSU AWARD STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES Home Offices: Bloomington, Illinois The Good Neighbor Award was developed in cooperation with the National Council of Teachers of English.