He said he’s planning to help Pelham Memorial School social studies teacher Jamie Bryant with a separate student project this year involving photographing headstones.
“It will be interesting,” Hayes said of the contest. “They are going to find out who was who and who really built Pelham during its agrarian days.”
Students may find the graves of soldiers who served during the Revolution or Civil War, as well as town founders, he said.
“Pelham had the highest ranking woman to go ashore on D-Day,” he said of the World War II invasion.
Bryant also was pleased to see the library contest.
“It’s absolutely great,” Bryant said.
She has engaged her students in cemetery field work for several years.
This year, they will photograph headstones and decipher engravings. She said they plan to create Web pages featuring their work.
Students will have the chance to win prizes in the library contest. The library is still determining what, but they may include Day of the Dead T-shirts.
“This is a great idea to learn about the people of the town and what was their role,” Hayes said. “I think the kids could learn a lot.”