A passport through history for students

A "passport" with 19 sites of historical interest, will be made available for Jackson County's eight high schools. Students who visit the stops outlined in the brochure may do a rubbing on engraved plates at each site to document their visits and qualify for a certificate of completion.

"We are encouraging all teachers and students, especially those in history classes, to participate," said Public Information Officer Nicole Grundel. "This is a creative and interesting way to increase awareness of our county's place in history."

The passports will also be available on the bicentennial website, www.JacksonCounty200.com, for anyone to download.

An essay contest is also planned for grades 10-12. Details will be announced soon, and scholarships will be awarded to winners.