Teachers struggled for years to find books on local historical figures written for young students. After three years of work, nine Denver Public Schools teachers have published 13 biographies to help third- and fourth-graders connect with Colorado’s distant past, the Denver Post reports.

“I think they learned a lot about Colorado history, but the personal piece was missing, of hearing a story through the eyes of someone who lived through it here, in Colorado,” said Martha Biery, a fourth-grade teacher at Cory Elementary who wrote one of the books…

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