It was a challenging task. After three days of learning about journalism and even participating in a “press conference”, the Fifth Graders at Seitz Elementary in Fort Riley, KS, were asked to write a news story themselves. The topic: The person their school is named after, General Richard J. Seitz. They did a great job, remembering to use quotes from the press conference with the general’s son Rick and his nephew John, to pay attention to the details and to start with a “hook”.

Here is the second collection of some of their reports, some complete, some only with a few sentences.

(For privacy reasons, the students’ names are not published.)

Do you know a lot about Richard J. Seitz?

Richard J. Seitz was born in Leavenworth, KS, on February 18, 1918. He enjoyed helping others in getting involved in community activities. Richard went to Kansas State University (KSU). While he was there he met his first wife Bettie. Unfortunately she died of a heart attack. He missed her but kept on going, then he met his second wife Ginny. Continue reading

More stories from the Seitz Elementary journalists.

(For privacy reasons, the students’ names are not published.)

Did you know Richard Seitz woke up at 4.00 every morning and swam and exercised?

When Richard was 22 years old he was forced into the army by World War II. Then after that his dad convinced him to stay in the Army and he did. Then he became a 3 star General. In 1975 he retired from his 35 year career which was supposed to be only four years. Then later on he went to Vietnam and survived. Then after World War II he went to Paris and married his first wife.  Then he had his son Rick Seitz. The games that he played had to deal with his shepherd dog black dog black and Richard Seitz would get down on his knees and Rick would get on his dad’s back and Richard would chase the dog around. Continue reading

More stories from the Seitz Elementary journalists.

(For privacy reasons, the students’ names are not published.)

Do you want to know about a guy named General Richard Joe Seitz? If yes then come down to Kansas. So we can learn history.

Seitz was 95 years old, loved students, and enjoyed time with them.

You heard of Seitz School. Well that’s where I go to. Seitz School was named after General Seitz. Why because he gave commitment and loved.

Who is Rick Seitz you say? Well that is General Seitz’ son. Rick Seitz works for the US Coast Guard. Some things Rick said about his dad was “that he was a good and loyal man”. General Richard Joe Seitz died at age 95 on June 8th, 2013. Continue reading

Young Journalists at Seitz Elementary

SeitzE4mediumIt is always amazing how enthusiastic kids are when it comes to journalism and writing. For three days, I had the pleasure of teaching the fifth graders at Seitz Elementary, Fort Riley, Kansas, about what a correspondent does and how to write a news article. Their assignment now is to write a news report about their school and the person the school is named for: Lieutenant General Richard J. Seitz.

General Seitz at the dedication of Seitz Elementary in September 2012

General Seitz at the dedication of Seitz Elementary in September 2012

General Seitz passed away last June, but in order to give them an opportunity to learn from “primary sources” about the general and his life, his son and nephew were invited for a “news conference” to the school to answer the kids’ questions. “It was an amazing experience”, says General Seitz’ son, Rick Seitz, and the general’s nephew, John Seitz, adds: “It was very enlightening because of the depth of their knowledge.”

During the press conference the young apprentices asked many questions and learned about General Seitz’ favorite color (yellow), his favorite medal (the Silver Star),that he loved practical jokes, was a paratrooper in World War II and retired as a three-star-general in Junction City.

Rick (left) and John Seitz

Rick (left) and John Seitz

Among other things, the kids heard that the retired general was very involved in the community and school life. He used to visit the classes, talked to the students and he admired the principal, Ms Samrie Devin, and the teachers.

The 5th grade teachers, Ms Hansen, Ms Lopez, Ms Smice, and Ms Cook, had worked with their classes to prepare the kids for their task.