By Holly Wise

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE - The Copperas Cove Junior High sixth-grade history classes will be skipping their traditional classrooms today and Wednesday to board the "Road Show and Classroom" trailer from the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum.

Once on board the 60-foot-long rig, students will be guided by an educational instructor through the traveling exhibit that showcases cultural, social and geographical items and information from 24 Middle East countries, according to the museum's website.

"The General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute's traveling road show is an innovative way students can immerse themselves in history and artifacts from countries all over the world," said Copperas Cove Independent School District spokeswoman Katie Rudesheim. "We're excited to play host this wonderful event for our junior high school students."

The traveling Road Show and Classroom is one of two major Phase II projects of the institute. Since the Road Show launched in September 2008, it has traveled to more than 40,000 miles to more than 215 schools. More than 38,000 students have toured the exhibit.

"The Road Show gives students the chance to discover a bigger world and bigger possibilities without leaving school grounds," according to a press release from the institute. "The road show serves as an active resource for critical thinking and discussion by exposing students to educational opportunities beyond the classroom and traditional learning experiences."

The exhibit travels directly to schools, free of charge through donations of key sponsors. According to the road show's website, partnerships with Choice Hotels, Oklahoma Christian University, Design Werks, National Center for Policy Analysis, Musco Lighting, City of Hobart, DeBartolo and family, Planters Co-op, Hobart and Lone Wolf, Washington Speakers Bureau, Stockman's Bank and John Wiseman have made the program possible.

Contact Holly Wise at or (254)501-7474.

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