Seventeen students at Ruckersville Elementary School participated last fall in a service learning research project which required them to research Civil War soldiers who fought for the 39th NewYork Infantry. Sponsored by the Journey Through Hallowed Ground and under the direction of RES teacher Donna Shifflett, the students researched ordinary, relatively unknown soldiers using Census documents, military records and other primary documents. The students then were given a free field trip to Gettysburg, Pa., to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the geo-tagging of three of their trees on Bliss Farm near where Pickett made his infamous charge. Three students, Hannah McInturff, Arianna Mosqueda and Jenna Velasquez, were student scholar speakers in a Gettysburg. On Sunday, June 29, another 10 trees were planted at Oatland Plantation in Leesburg.