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|Swayze students get hands-on look at history|
Dozens of Swayze Elementary students laughed, clapped and stomped their feet Wednesday morning as they helped Gen. Claire Chennault and his crawfish friend get to China to fight the Japanese.
The Swayze students were the first children to participate in the new skit created by local author Dee Scallan, creator of the Moby Pincher children's books.
Students took the roles of Chennault, Chiang Kai-Shek and Moby Pincher's great grandparents and other relatives as Scallan showed the children how Chennault and his Flying Tigers flew to China during World War II.
Scallan plans to perform the skit for other children at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum to teach them the history of Chennault and his Flying Tigers.
"Crawfish have a great sense of direction, and these crawfish lived in Gen. Chennault's backyard, said Nell Calloway, director at the museum. "So, when he gets the call from Chiang Kai-Shek to come to China, he hops in a plane and Moby's great grandfather helps him get there with his good sense of direction."
"He lived in a mud hole in Gen. Chennault's backyard and they were really good friends," Scallan said. "So when he went to China, he took Capt. Claw with him. He was Gen. Chennault's navigator and he always sat on his right hand shoulder and told him what the weather was going to be."
The skit is from the children's book about Chennault, which Scallan recently wrote to use as an educational tool to teach students about this local hero, Calloway said.
"He's someone we're trying to get local kids to be proud of," Calloway continued. "We have Chennault Park and now Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, so it would be good for them to appreciate why these things are named after him."
Scallan said the Chennault name is all over Monroe, but many young students do not know anything about him.
"It's a really cute book and it explains to them who he was and what he did," Scallan said. "It's a cute story and they can use it right here in the museum."
Following the program, the children were given activity books that discuss the history of the military. The books also include drawing instructions to show children how to draw planes flown by the Flying Tigers in World War II.
By using this as a teaching tool and working with local students, Calloway and Scallan hope to find grant funding to help publish her book on Chennault.
"We're teaching them about all five branches of the military and the order of service they started in," Calloway explained. "We'll teach them about the plight of the people in China as it pertains to World War II. Hopefully, we'll be able to apply for some grant money to get her book published."
Calloway invited Swayze's first-grade class to tour the museum Wednesday and take part in Scallan's skit.
"The teacher was very excited about it because she said they don't get exposure like this very often," Calloway said. "The thing that Dee does so well is she lets the kids be a part of it. They're not just sitting there listening to something. They really get to enact the whole program, and that's so important, and so good for them."