Students honor veterans through class project

CHAMPLAIN - History has not been forgotten, at least at Northeastern Clinton Central High School.

Students from Kathryn Dermody's History of World War II class recently thanked local veterans for all they have done while serving their country. The students hosted a dinner at the school May 27, inviting them to enjoy a meal prepared by the students and hear words of thanks from the very children who benefit from the freedoms the men fought to protect.

"These kids had to do a community service project and they really gave it some thought," said Dermody. "They decided they wanted to do a dinner and worked really hard to make it something special for our veterans."

The students worked on every detail of the event, from the food to the background music, place settings to decorations, and everything in between, said Dermody.

"And, the great thing about this project is that it was a class project, but the kids broke out into group and each did something different," she said.

The project turned didn't feel like an assignment, said the students, but was more about getting to know people in their community whom they might not otherwise get a chance to interact with under normal circumstances.

Rebekah Grim was among the students touched by the stories the veterans shared, saying she got a lot out of the event.

"We always talk about in our class how the war affected our region, but we didn't really know how actual lives were affected until we talked to them," said Grim. "Sometimes, war veterans don't like to talk about their experiences, but all of them seemed to be really open to talking to us and answering our questions."

Student Max Mailhot, who gave the opening speech at the dinner, said he, too, felt honored to speak with the veterans and learn about the hardships they faced while serving overseas.

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