A class project in Slidell, Louisiana, backed by a world class museum will soon be a teaching tool in schools and homes around America. And it all started with a teacher who lives in Gulfport.
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A South Mississippi man who teaches at a high school in Slidell, Louisiana has turned a school project into a national success story.
High school world geography teacher Kevin Boone was on a mission to teach his students about World War ll. The result? A board game based on the popular game Monopoly.
He says he worked with his students at Salmen High School in Slidell, Louisiana.
"I had this idea. I thought it was going to work. We brought monopoly games to class and converted them by putting events from World War ll on it," Boone explained.
From Pearl Harbor to D-Day to raising the flag at Iwo Jima, Monopoly: America's World War ll gives students a unique history lesson.
"This gives them an opportunity to learn about all of the things that happened and America's role in the war," said student Michael Sanders.
Boone took the idea to the National World War ll Museum in New Orleans, and the folks there found investors. The game was created with the museum's sponsorship and Boone said it's taking off
"It's going into Walmart stores. The feedback has been incredible."
Tiyanna Jackson and other students helped develop the game and say everyone is excited and honored to be associated with an internationally acclaimed museum.
"In the World War ll Museum? That is a big accomplishment."
The game has cards filled with information about the war, Epic World War ll events on the board where the goal is to buy camps and headquarters instead of houses and hotels and game pieces that represent that period in history. It is produced by the toy maker Hasbro.
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