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Many different people participate in the NHD program:
The NHD program serves as a vehicle to teach students important literacy skills and to engage them in the use and understanding of museum and library resources. The program inspires students to study local history, and then challenges them to expand their thinking and apply knowledge of local events to the national, or even worldwide scene. The program also teaches students to become technologically literate through the use of computer and Internet research methods, and the use of technologically advanced applications in their presentations.
"NHD has elements to it that cannot be found in most other educational experiences. The idea that students can choose a topic that is interesting to them, in a category that they are comfortable with, definitely allows the students to produce the best project possible… (M)y goal has been to introduce NHD to as many schools as possible… I would like all area students to have the same great experiences that my students at Summit have had with NHD." -- Nathan Bloom, Summit, 2015 SD NHD Teacher of the Year.
"History Day enhances my classroom as no other part of the Social Studies curriculum does. The research methods the students learn carries over for secondary and college use. The writing skills developed during the project phase have been very beneficial to other classes for the students. The communication and oral presentation skills gained in the HD experience have changed some students’ academic life and goals. History comes alive in the History Day classroom with students sharing their findings with each other. The ‘ah-ha’ moments bring excitement to the history of each project."--GeneVon Bickerdyke, Buffalo, 2015 SD NHD Teacher of the Year.
"The true benefits from participating in National History Day go way past a certificate or medal. The program teaches kids the writing, analytical understanding, and reading comprehension skills that will make them a success in life, no matter what their career," states parent Susan Moose.