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      The Dust Bowl's impact still teaching students

      Region 16 and KACV have teamed up to bring educational learning to the public that will also help teachers prepare for the STAAR.

      The two have teamed up to host "The Dirty Thirties: The Dust Bowl in the Texas Panhandle" conference. They're inviting you attend on Saturday.

      It was in the 1930's when the Texas Panhandle skies turned dark, and the infamous Dust Bowl was marked in history. Taking it's toll on our livestock, farms, and economically destroying our area. Fast forward to 2012, it's with hopes we learn from the past, so we're not doomed to repeat it.

      "It's so important to capture those stories before they're gone and it helps teach us today about the ramifications of the Dust Bowl in our past, but also present and future," said Cullen Lutz, KACV Community Engagement.

      Ken Burns' documentary, "The Dust Bowl" focuses on the trying times our area faced through those hardships and people who lived through it. Region 16 and KACV have teamed up to put on Saturday's Dust Bowl conference, using that documentary as a springboard for exploring the impact the Dust Bowl had.

      "Exploring the different aspects of the Dust Bowl not only Social Studies, History, but also Economics, Government, Environment even the Arts, including Photography and Music," said Lutz.

      For teachers who come, the conference is geared toward helping them prepare for the STAAR.

      "Conference attendees who are educators would definitely be aided in preparation for the STAAR, TEKS requirements will be meet in a variety of subject areas and I think it would be of great value to teachers of all grade levels".

      Those attending will be able to register onsite, and choose from a variety of speakers and topics. Some of those speakers include guest from West Texas A&M University, The National Weather Service Center, The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Amarillo College, Amarillo Public Library, Amarillo Independent School District, Claude Independent School District, and Boys Ranch Independent School District.

      The conference is part of "Days of Dust", a series of Panhandle events from August through November including local productions, museum exhibitions, book explorations and a variety of educational opportunities. All leading up to the premiere of Ken Burns' documentary "The Dust Bowl" on PBS November 18th & 19th.