Students get lesson on Great Depression from those who endured it

Helias students decked out in 1930s-era garb entertain residents with a chorus of “God Bless America” Thursday afternoon, at St. Joseph Bluffs. They were part of a group of 73 students in Mike Jeffries’ advanced placement American history class visiting residents at retirement communities.

Helias students decked out in 1930s-era garb entertain residents with a chorus of “God Bless America” Thursday afternoon, at St. Joseph Bluffs. They were part of a group of 73 students in Mike Jeffries’ advanced placement American history class visiting residents at retirement communities. Photo by Kelley McCall.

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Virginia Ford, 95, talks with Becky Thompson on Thursday at St. Joseph’s Bluffs during a visit by students to find out what living during the Great Depression was like.

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Erin Hoerchler sings and plays the piano as a group of Helias students entertain residents of St. Joseph’s Bluffs with a chorus of “God Bless America” Thursday afternoon. They were part of a group of 73 students in Mike Jeffries’ advanced placement American history class visiting residents.

Five dollars was a lot of money 80 years ago. A family scraped together that cash for an uncle to eat on while traveling to work at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. But that was stolen from him, and he went hungry.

Lucas Weiler learned about this story from his family history while studying the Depression era in Mike Jeffries’ advanced placement U.S. history class at Helias Catholic High School.

This week, students in four of Jeffries’ classes dressed in period clothing. And Thursday afternoon, more than 70 students visited elderly residents at Villa Marie-A Stonebridge Community and St. Joseph’s Bluffs.

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