Veteran fourth-grade teacher Vernice McSwain recently encouraged her students at Lakewood Elementary School in Phenix City, Ala., to find state historical markers and take pictures and write about each one. The 26 students documented more than 100 markers in eastern Alabama. "It ties history to where they live. In other words, history is not just something you read about in a book; history also is what happened here in Phenix City," said school principal Curtis Barber.

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