PCSD students remember veterans during the holidays with Wreaths Across America
January 6, 2020
To honor Armed Services veterans during this holiday season, elementary students from throughout the PCSD raised $850 for the Wreaths Across America program.
Organized by Ridge-Brook Elementary third grade teacher Cheryl Trainer, students from Dentzler, Ridge-Brook and Thoreau Park Elementary Schools raised money to purchase 83 wreaths to be placed at the Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, Ohio. Seven PCSD students then had the opportunity to visit the cemetery on December 14, and placed the wreaths at the graves of veterans, with help from Ridge-Brook teacher Anthony Adomaites and former Ridge-Brook PTA president Jen Olson.
“I could tell that the kids, although frozen from the bitter cold and rain, were happy to honor our veterans by saying each of their names out loud and thanking them for their service,” Trainer said of the experience. “I was overcome with emotion as I watched these young children see the importance and value of honoring those who have fought and died for their freedom. What a lucky woman I am to not only teach these young ones, but also share a life-changing experience with them.”
Each December, volunteers from Wreaths Across America remember and honor veterans at over 2,100 locations in all 50 states. At Western Reserve National Cemetery alone, more than 4,000 wreaths were placed at gravesites.
PHOTO CAPTION: As part of Wreaths Across America in December, students placed 83 wreaths at the graves of veterans at the Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, Ohio. PCSD elementary students raised $850 at three separate schools for this project.