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Loveland Students Learn about Gettysburg Hands-on

Loveland Classical holds fifth Civil War re-enactment.

More than 100 Loveland Classical Students gathered Saturday to re-enact the historic three-day Battle of Gettysburg in full Civil War costume.

After a surprise attack from the Confederate Army, Union soldiers are caught by bullets and fire back, trying to regain their dominance. More than 100 Loveland Classical Students re-enacted the historic three-day Battle of Gettysburg in full Civil War costume on Saturday. (Javon Harris / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

The students donate hours after school learning about the battle and training with the nonprofit, You Can Live History, for the Saturday event. This is the fifth-year the school has hosted a Civil War battle re-enactment and ball for students, likely the only Northern Colorado school to host both events.

“My desire is to bring history to life and life to history,” Kathy Miller, a history and geography teacher at Loveland Classical Schools, said in an email. “These Civil War events do just that. Kids love history at our school, and I wanted to give them chance to take that passion beyond the books.”

The students in grades five through nine, as well as several parents, dedicated their Saturday to a full-day re-enactment, which ended with students reciting the full Gettysburg Address by memory.

Though it is not graded or part of any class, Miller described the event as opportunity for students “to gain a deeper understanding of this important time period in our history through a hands-on, engaging learning experience.”

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