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 first collection of some of their reports, some complete, some only with a few sentences; more to come. (For privacy reasons, the students’ names are not published.)
Did you know that General Seitz was in the Army for 35 years?
Richard J. Seitz, July 1945 Battalion Commander 2nd BN 517
General Seitz was a kindhearted man. When General Seitz saw the school he thought it was amazing and very neat. General Seitz was 18th Airborne Corps Commander. General Seitz was born February 18, 1918. The reason they built Seitz Elementary because General Seitz thought that education was very important to us for kids in school like us. He also says that life can teach you a lot all around you… But sadly on June 8th, 2013 he passed away.
General Seitz went all around the world to Germany, Italy, Japan and Vietnam. He was born in Leavenworth, KS. General Seitz was only 22 years old when he joined the military. General Seitz loved to play tennis, golf. He also loved badminton in his free time when he wasn’t working. General Seitz was also in World War II. General Seitz lived in Junction City for 38 years. His most favorite season was football season. Also General Seitz loved to jump out of airplanes.
“Planes were new to them so there weren’t lots of people who had the guts to jump out of them.”
General Seitz was very polite. He always called everybody “sir” no matter who it was. Rick Seitz said that he always had a sense of humor in him. John Seitz said he was in the military with General Seitz. When Seitz Elementary was built it took a year to build the school. “Although General Seitz didn’t help build the school, he always peeked and checked on them a lot”, said Rick Seitz. The reason why our mascot is the dragon is because his 18th Airborne Corps patch was the dragon when he was in the Army. Continue reading