This summer, while teachers and students in Lauderdale County will be taking a much-needed break from school, Lexington High School history teacher Jason Lard will be participating in a rigorous seminar about the life of George Washington. The seminar, sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, will be held at Washington's home, Mount Vernon, in Virginia this July. The selection process was highly competitive and Lard had to write an essay as part of the application process. In addition to completing the seminar's stringent coursework, Lard will also have to read three books about Washington before the seminar even begins. Lard teaches American history at Lexington, and he looks forward to gaining a unique insight into the father of our country. "I am excited about this great opportunity and encourage other teachers to investigate the valuable resources provided by the Gilder Lehrman Institute." The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a non-profit organization based in New York City that curates and offers free resources and training to teachers and schools.