Local veterans donate books to GHV class

Representatives of VFW Post 5515 and Families of the Fallen  recently suprized GHV high school language arts teacher Kaitlyn Aberson (center) with 75 copies of the book "The Things They Carried" Tim O'Brien. From left: Tim Dodge (Families of the Fallen), VFW members Gary Heinen, Herman Robinson, and Dennis Spilman.

Rebecca Peter|The Leader

GARNER – Last April, Kaitlyn Aberson, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura English Language Arts teacher, was looking for a book that would capture the interest of her students for a unit on war literature.

She chose “Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. “Things They Carried,” published in 1990, is a collection of short stories about a platoon of American soldiers during the Vietnam War. It is based on O’Brien’s own experiences in Vietnam.

The school, however, did not have enough copies of the book for the students. Aberson had one book to instruct 75 students.

“Instead, I scrounged around for individual chapters I could find and pieced together what I could from there,” Aberson said.

She contacted the VFW Post 5515 in Garner and invited two members to tell students of their active duty experiences.

“The VFW quickly began to identify potential ways to fund a project in order to supply 75 separate copies of the book,” said Post Commander Herman Robinson. “The VFW had saved money and applied for a grant through the Families of the Fallen. Combining these funds, the VFW was able to purchase the books through Barnes and Nobles.”

read the complete story in the Oct. 9 Leader.