For Veterans Day, the Service and Volunteer Efforts Club advisors at Mabelle B. Avery Middle School in Somers wanted something different for the kids to do.
What they came up with was creating a Somers page on the State of Connecticut Directory of Veterans’ Memorials Web site.
According to S.A.V.E. advisor Diane Jennings, the students normally create cards and send them to the VA Hospitals in the state, but this year, she and fellow advisor Michael Szafir wanted something more hands on.
Jennings said that she talked to a veteran she knows and asked about a meaningful project that the kids could do. He had worked on the Stafford page, and when it was discovered that Somers has no presence on the site, the project was decided.
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The students tracked down the memorials in towns, took pictures, described what they were, what wars they represented, and more. Their work is currently in the process of being loaded to the site and will soon be seen there. Jennings said that the project will also be posted on the town Web site and that the historical society will also be posting it.
Somers First Selectwoman Lisa Pellegrini said she is very happy with the results of the project.
“This information is of great benefit to the community, as it highlights the sacrifices made by those who are true heroes so that we may have the many freedoms here in the United States that so many in other countries do not,” she said.
According to Jennings, the kids loved doing this project, especially because of the technological aspect of it.
In addition, the students still created cards and sent them to the veterans.
To check out the work by the students, and the pages from other towns around the state, check out the State of Connecticut Directory of Veterans’ Memorials page.