Randall High students get the chance of a lifetime

      Students at Randall High School got the chance of a lifetime Wednesday when they got to see and hold vital pieces of American history.

      Through a partnership with West Texas A&M University and what's called the Remnant Trust, students got first-hand experiences with the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Magna Carta, and Guttenberg Bible and hear from the Trust's Director.

      Judging from the reactions of the students, there was a lot of excitement passing those materials around the classroom and can you blame them?

      The Remnant Trust at WT is performing an experimental learning technique at local schools.

      It's an educational method that is usually used at colleges, but is now being offered to junior high and high school students in the area.

      "Since we're here in the Panhandle, we're going to give it a chance coming into the high school. I think it's actually going to work out really well because the enthusiasm level for both teachers and the students is extraordinary, I mean you see what's going on in the classroom today," said Remnant Trust Director David Baum.

      The method offers students the chance to touch those documents and books, and see how they looked when they were written, definitely not in paperback form.

      "It's one thing to read about them and read the contents of them, but being able to actually hold the document, it's just a whole another experience. Like you can take yourself back and it's the same document that colonials were holding back then, you just wonder how many people have touched that thing before you have," said Randall High School Senior, Austin Castillo.

      Seeing documents like the Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence help the students realize that things could much different for them today, had those documents never been written.

      "Because of this document I'm able to live in a free country and go to school every day and to see these documents, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm so fortunate that Mr. Faver did this for us."

      Baum also told me the remnant trust hopes this will be a pioneering effort that shows schools around the nation you can teach students history out of the original texts.