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ETX high school students work on project concerning 'death'

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Some East Texas high school students presented their projects today on a bestselling novel about how to deal with death, with a more personal twist.

Global High School in Longview is a specialized academy that allows kids to be more hands-on, with project-based learning.

"We absolutely have to use project-based learning to get them to be critical thinkers," said Aprill Dickerson, the instructor of the class.

Dickerson's class is reading "Tuesday's With Morrie," a non-fiction bestseller.
It's about a man who is facing death with an optimistic attitude.

"As they started reading it, they grew empathy for this guy that they love now, this professor they never met. I thought, we need to do a project that takes what they are learning in this book and apply it to the real world," said Dickerson.

Dickerson came up with EOL, "End of Life," a project that will help students learn to deal with the pain of losing a family member, and other decisions like funeral expenses, insurance, and home health care.

"The project, to me, was very emotional and personal. Actually, I deal with these situations with my family, so I felt like I could really relate to the project," said one of Dickerson's students.

Each group was given a "profile" in which they had to simulate dealing with death and then present it to the class.

HeartsWay Hospice and nurses attended the presentations.

"In reality, we all face a time where it's going to be hard for us to make these decisions, and emotions come into play, and you do have to step back sometimes and listen to a health care worker who says, 'think about doing this'," said Dickerson.

The students also had to do research on how to deal with pain, hospice, medical care and different medications.

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