By Jillian Kurtz
Students taking German classes at Hamilton Southeastern High School celebrated German-American Heritage Month in October by studying German relations in the fishing community
The instructions for the assignment were as follows: “I hope you will recognize an area or business that you are familiar with and learn more about the meaning of the name.” “
Students in Nichole Mathews German courses completed projects that explored the history of German names and places of business in the Fishers area. The projects were on display at Fishers Town Hall in October.
“It makes their work more meaningful, not only to have a project that only I see, but the community is also able to see their work,” said Mathews.
Through the students’ research, they not only learned more about specific people, but also how and when their ancestors came to America.
One of the companies featured was Fritz in Fishers, a local used car dealership located at 116th Street.
“The president of Fritz in Fishers, Fritz Kreutzinger, actually got to see the project at the town hall. It was pretty cool, ”said Mathews.
Through the mission, students have gained a greater appreciation for their German education and are more involved with the material, Mathews said.
As Mathews plans future projects and assignments, she is keen to continue integrating the community into her curriculum. During a food study unit, the class partnered with the Fishermen’s Fire Department and showed a video on health and food safety.