|Beaver River American Legion Post's Banner Project Receives
Unexpected Donation from Second Graders at Beaver River Central
10/29/18 06:15pm By: Nick Altmire
Mary Meyer was invited to present a lesson on community service and
volunteering to second graders at Beaver River Central school recently. She
was overwhelmed with emotion when, at the end of her presentation, the class
took over with their own presentation- a $600 donation to support the Legion's
Banner Project in Croghan.
Earlier this summer members of Post 1663 hung three banners, (pictured
below) on utility poles in the Village of Croghan, to honor three young men in
the area that lost their lives in the Vietnam War- Ronald G. Hack, Thomas H.
Kloster, and David G. Ritz.
the class after the students wanted to learn more about the banners that were
starting to appear on the utility poles in Croghan of our American Heroes.
During her presentation to the second grade class, Mrs. Meyer explained who
those American Heroes were on the banners, and how it has been over fifty
years since those soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the
"Ronald G. Hack, Thomas H. Kloster, and David G. Ritz, we will always
remember," Mrs. Meyer told the class. "We remember their mothers also, and
they are the ladies that are called our Gold Star Mothers," she explained.
Mrs. Meyer used the opportunity to discuss three core principles of the
American Legion family with the students- Americanism, Veterans Affairs and
Rehabilitation, and Community Service. She explains her presentation in
further detail here, in a summary sent to us for this story.
At the conclusion of her presentation, Mrs. Meyer was shocked to learn that the
students had a presentation for her.
"Six students got up in front of the class and did their own presentation,
thanking me for coming there and telling me about what they have been doing
to raise money," Mrs. Meyer shared. "All of those children did odd jobs around
their homes and in the community- from helping do the laundry, feeding the
family pet, raking yards, to washing dishes, setting the table, and so on."
"All of the second grade students at Beaver River Central School raised money
for the project and presented me with a poster of how they proudly honor 'The
Heroes in Our Community', and a check in the amount of $600.00, in which
they would like donated to the banner project," said Mrs. Meyer. "Although
emotional, I managed to respond with a heartfelt thank you."
Mrs. Meyer said the money will be used to honor additional veterans by
creating more banners to hang, which come at a cost of around $300 each.
For more information on the banner project you can contact Beaver River
American Legion Post 1663 at 315-346-6414.
|Signature Card from Second Grade Students at BRCS