Clark County students are joining an effort to honor America’s veterans.
Students at Baker Intermediate School are writing letters, making cards and sending heartfelt notes of gratitude to participants of an upcoming honor flight.
BIS Veterans Day coordinator and social studies teacher Julie Hale said she hopes the school will be able to contribute more than 700 letters.
The thank you notes will be given to the 72 veterans who will take part in the flight sponsored by Honor Flight Bluegrass Sept. 26.
Seven of those participants are from Winchester — Roy Bates, Harvey Embry, Richard Garrett, Charles Guckin, Rexford Johnson, Kenneth McIntosh and Coleman Hatton. Two are World War II veterans and the others are Korean War veterans, Hale said.
Hale said the school’s participation came as an idea from another teacher. Honor Flight Bluegrass Ambassador George Campbell was invited to the school, and provided information about how students could recognize veterans through the letters and cards.
A pair of ambassadors will visit the school Wednesday to explain the project to students. Social studies teachers will give a lesson about veterans and students will have class time to complete their letters.
“Our goal is to have every kid write something,” Hale said. “Whether that is a card, letter or just a picture.”
The notes will be completed by Sept. 11, when an ambassador will pick them up from the school and address them to specific veterans.
“That makes it a little more personal for them,” Hale said. “Each veteran will get 10 cards or letters during the flight.”
With a goal of more than 700 cards, Hale said letters from BIS could also be kept and used for future honor flights.
Hale said last year BIS had a successful inaugural Veterans Day program, and the letter project is a way to build on the emphasis put on honoring veterans at the school.
“Lessons like these are important for our students because it’s taking education beyond the classroom and showing them the value of thing in addition to their core classes,” she said. “In honoring veterans and people who have fought for our country, we really want the kids to see the value and appreciate what they do.”
Hale said other students in Clark County are welcome to write letters and drop them off at the school before Sept. 11.
For more information about Honor Flight Bluegrass, visit honorflightbluegrass.org.