Local students participate in Civil War re-enactment

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WESTON, Wis. (WSAW) -- Students at D.C. Everest Junior High are getting a real-life look at the Civil War.

They had the opportunity to see how soldiers marched, what they ate and heard the famous Gettysburg Address. Teachers even included virtual reality technology to bring the students in.

"We know that there's more to their educational opportunities than just being in the classroom. We want them out, getting involved. We talk a lot about college and career awareness. We talk about the development of life skills. We talk about things that take a specific topic and extend beyond our classrooms," said D.C. Everest Junior High Principal Jason McFarlane.

"We're looking through VR goggles to see like what happened during the Civil War and what was going on there. Kind of to give you, like a first person view of what they were looking at," said Eddie Zynda, a 9th grader.

The re-enactments even included the Wisconsin Civil War Moving Memorial, which is dedicated to all Wisconsin soldiers who gave their lives during the war.