On Religion, The Media and Life as a 20-something in Chicago

HAMPSHIRE — There were no desks in the classroom. Just a teacher, about 30 students, a blue star flag and a question written on the chalkboard: “What have you done to earn to earn the right to sit at your desk?” When the students answered that question, their teacher told them, they could have their desks. It wasn’t their grades or their behavior. It wasn’t even their good looks, Colorado-based filmmaker Larry Cappetto added. At the end of the day, it was the veterans of the U.S. military who carried the students’ desks into the classroom. It was the very men and women who had paid the price for their freedoms, for those desks, who had fought for their “right to go to school and get a free education,” Cappetto said. That happened in 2005 in Martha Cothran’s social studies classroom at Robinson High School in Little Rock, Ark. The story checks out on snopes.com, and, the filmmaker said, he talked to Cothran himself. He asked the teacher if anyone ever had made a film based on her story, he said. And no one had — at least, not until Cappetto started filming “Where Are The Desks?” last week at Hampshire High School, casting students and teachers from the high school and Hampshire Middle School, as well as a number of area veterans. It was a story he’s wanted to film for some time, he said, like the stories of veterans he has told in his award-winning documentaries. That’s because, he said, “If we don’t remember, we forget.” For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News. Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media.

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hampshire students get role in film on veterans (Sun-Times Media)

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