Two classes of eighth-grade history students at East McDowell Junior High in Marion, N.C., worked with historians to learn about the region's past during Local History Day at the school. The students listened to historians' stories and conducted research that will be used for books about the county's history, which the students will get to keep. "Eighth grade studies North Carolina history, so we try to pull in a McDowell County unit because we feel like that part of history is sometimes lost," said the school's media coordinator, Vickie Blankenship.

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