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Honor Flight Project Huge Success

Recently the eighth grade class, through Project Based Learning, chose to raise money for Honor Flight to help send veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their respective memorials. The students had a long list of fundraising ideas and they settled on two final fundraisers.

The first was to participate in selling products, with a percentage going directly to the Honor Flight funds. The second was to host an “Honor Week” within our schools. Each student paid $1 to take part in Honor Week. 100% of those proceeds went to Honor Flight of Columbus, where it costs roughly $600 per veteran to make the trip to D.C.

Honor Week was held from May 8th through May 12th. Themes were: Patriotic Day (wear red, white and blue), Camo Day (wear your best camouflage), Hat Day (wear your favorite hat), Hero Day (dress like your favorite hero) (soldier, teacher, doctor, firefighter, parent, etc.) and Maroon and White Day (show your CW pride and spirit for our troops!)

Students also wrote letters for the veterans for “Mail Call.” Veterans received these letters on the flight back home to Columbus. The students watched a documentary of veterans reading letters written to them by other folks. Every Honor Flight includes a "mail call" on the way home. Our letters will be distributed to various veterans on later flights. They also created posters for advertising Honor Week and for the welcome home party.

Finally, on Saturday May 13th the students loaded two busses and headed to the Columbus airport for the Welcome Home Ceremony for the veterans. A little over 50 students made the trip with Mr. Hinkle, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Richards and Mr. Schooler. The kids were able to witness the celebration with others, as we all thanked the veterans for their respective service through handshakes, hugs and kind words. Our students also had the opportunity to go to the upper level of the parking garage and watch the plane full of vets taxi the runway, while receiving a water cannon salute by the airport fire department.

The collection totaled almost $6,000 and with this 10 veterans will be able to participate in a future Honor Flight to Washington DC.

A staff member in attendance that evening stated one veteran said he never expected to see so many "youngsters" thanking him. Job well done!

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