Hundreds of school children gather to say ‘Thank You’ to First World War generation

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 11:54

The National Memorial Arboretum is hosting the Thank You Youth Festival as part of First World War centenary commemorations

Date: 11 July 2018

Time: Media welcome from 9am

Location: Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR

Hundreds of school children will gather at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, on 11 July for a full day of cross-curricular workshops exploring the invaluable legacy of the First World War generation. The Thank You Youth Festival will increase awareness of the importance of Remembrance, passing on important lessons to members of younger generations, and provides the opportunity for them to say thank you for the sacrifices made by those who lived through the conflict as they learn about the radical social and technological changes that occurred as a result of the First World War.

Each participating school has compiled a custom programme of activities that span a variety of subjects, including: History, English, Music, STEM, PE, Geography, Citizenship, and Art. These include the opportunity for students to be put through their paces by a ‘Sergeant Major’ on a First World War assault course, work alongside artists to discover how dazzle camouflage confounded u-boats, and explore the significant contributions made by ethnic minority soldiers. The workshops are a mixture of facilitated and self-led, and all of the children will come together for a mass end of day thank you event.

Over 750 school children from 16 schools will be in attendance for this special event, part of the National Memorial Arboretum’s programme of activities marking the centenary of the end of the First World War. Funding for the event has been provided by The Royal British Legion as part of its 2018 Thank You movement.