Homer CCSD 33C
Goodings Grove Luther J. Schilling William E. Young William J. Butler
Hadley Middle Homer Jr. High
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For Immediate Release:
Nov. 17, 2017
Students share appreciation for military members through essays, drawings
Honored by Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club
A group of Homer Junior High School and Schilling School students were recognized Nov. 17 for expressing the pride they feel for veterans.
The students participated in a Military Appreciation project organized by the Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club (HGJWC).
“These students took time to write essays and draw some great pictures relating to their pride of our veterans,” said HGJWC member Cheryl Neylon.
Students were asked to compose a one-paragraph essay or draw a picture about “Pride” as it relates to a family member who has served (or is currently serving) in the U.S. military.
Twenty-six Homer 33C students, including 24 Homer Junior High School students and two Schilling School students, responded.
Nearly half wrote about their mothers, fathers, grandparents or older siblings. Others wrote about veterans in general because they do not have a family member in the military.
On Nov. 17, the HGJWC handed out certificates and Hershey bars to every student who participated in the Military Appreciation Project.
“We felt students should be recognized for their work, even if they did not meet the parameters of the contest (by writing about a family member),” said Neylon.
Students who did write about a family member received a gift card to Jimmy John’s, along with their certificate and Hershey bar.
“We appreciate your efforts,” HGJWC member Lisa Johnson told students as she handed out the certificates and Hershey bars, along with a flyer explaining the significance of the chocolate bars.
During World War II, soldiers carried a fortified version of the chocolate bar (called D ration bar) in their pockets.
“Food had to be lightweight, nutritious and very high in energy,” according to the U.S. Army Historical Society.
“We thought it would be the perfect token when recognizing our Military Appreciation Project participants,” said Johnson.
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