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Museum displays Bragg students’ tiny Army post

by Drew Books

Fayetteville Observer
Fayetteville, NC | December 9, 2017

The headquarters of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, is part of a model of Fort Bragg created by students at Fort Bragg's Kimberly Hampton Primary School.

The headquarters of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, is part of a model of Fort Bragg created by students at Fort Bragg's Kimberly Hampton Primary School. | Photo: Drew Brooks/The Fayetteville Observer

Students at Fort Bragg’s Kimberly Hampton Primary School have shrunk the nation’s largest military installation.

Working with paper bags, cardboard tubes and other supplies, the kindergarten class reconstructed their Fort Bragg homes and familiar on-post landmarks for a display now on exhibit at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville.

The museum will display the exhibit, named “Our Town, Fort Bragg,” through December, officials said.

Nearly 120 students took part in the construction, which includes several Fort Bragg neighborhoods — including St. Mere Eglise, Hammond Hills, Cherbourg and Normandy Heights — as well as familiar landmarks such as Marshall Hall, Womack Army Medical Center, the Main Post Chapel and the Iron Mike statue.

A video accompanies the exhibit, with students describing their work.

The miniature town also includes a pint-sized access control point, with paper doll soldiers checking IDs.

Officials said the students worked on the exhibit for nine weeks.

In October, the students — ages 5 and 6 — were split into five groups and driven around Fort Bragg, with buses stopping at certain spots the class wanted to recreate.

“Each bus drove by landmarks and buildings allowing the students to research and note architectural details first hand,” officials said. “Students returned to school and immersed themselves in the project, allowing them to connect the academic standards to their everyday surroundings. They built conceptual understanding through research, creating and editing their homes, neighborhoods and Fort Bragg landmarks.”

“Our Town, Fort Bragg” is in the temporary exhibit space at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. A model of the museum is also on display in the lobby.

The museum, at 100 Bragg Blvd., is open six days a week. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information visit www.asomf.org or call 910.643.2773.

Military editor Drew Brooks can be reached at dbrooks@fayobserver.com or 910-486-3567.

A miniature access control point shows the way into a model of Fort Bragg created by students at Fort Bragg's Kimberly Hampton Primary School.

A miniature access control point shows the way into a model of Fort Bragg created by students at Fort Bragg's Kimberly Hampton Primary School. | Photo: Drew Brooks/The Fayetteville Observer


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