"The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment." - Judd Gregg
Veterans Day at Benton Community is an event like no other. Seeing the inspiring display of patriotism by students, staff, and community members is a true honor. The amount of time and work that goes into the preparation by high school administrators, staff, and students and elementary music teachers and students makes this event a must-see by so many.
A group of third grade students at Atkins Elementary took it upon themselves to raise money to support veterans on an Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. This group of third graders came up with the idea with the help of their teacher, Kim Lynch. They decided to have a day where families could come into the school and have holiday card pictures taken. The money raised would then be donated to the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. During the planning stages, students wrote letters to photographers asking them to donate their time. We are so fortune to live in a community where talented individuals are ready and willing to help students in any way they can. Students did all of the work in planning and preparing the event from drafting the letter to families about the event to writing the speech that would be shared at the district assembly and memorial dedication. Students were all-in all of the time with this project. They felt ownership over what happened within their project and were drivers of where they were going. Students knew that obtaining the outcome they desired was dependent on the work they were willing to put in. Thanks to the amazing work of students, Mrs. Lynch, and many other volunteers and families, the group was able to raise approximately $1,400 to donate to the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.
Not only did these students learn about different reading and writing ideas, they learned about what it means to be part of something bigger than themselves. They also learned what it means to be part of a supportive community. When I think of what it is that makes Benton Community "A Place to Belong", my mind goes to opportunities and experiences just like this. If you,or someone you know would like to contribute to this project, please contact Kim Lynch at Atkins Elementary.