- __ Glenwood students earn honor at Arlington National Cemetery May 25, 2016
Recently, students from Boardman Glenwood Middle School were given the opportunity to participate in the wreath laying ceremony on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
Glenwood Middle School was selected to participate in the ceremony through a committee at Arlington, and did so in front of fellow classmates during their annual eighth grade trip to Washington, DC.
Students were asked to sign up to participate in the event and were selected at random before the trip. Laying the wreath were students Cassie Holmes and Jo Nelson, accompanied by Christian Stanley and Andrew Gibson.
- __ Champion Teens Care Donates to Troops at Youngstown Air Base May 25, 2016
Champion Teens Care (CTC) visited the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna on Friday, May 6th. The club from Champion High School dropped off donations of personal care products, nonperishable food items, books, hats, and gloves collected throughout the school year. These donations were included in deployment kits which will be distributed by the United Service Organizations (USO) to troops as needed. CTC collaborated with Howland resident Bruce Bille, 2nd Vice President of the USO of Northern Ohio, to make the donations possible.
After delivering the donated items to the YARS USO Lounge, the club members enjoyed a tour of the Air Reserve Station led by Eric White of the 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office, which included boarding a C-130 aircraft and speaking with the pilots who fly the aircraft. “It taught us a lot about the Air Force life,” says Kaylee Thomas. Marissa Wise added, “They weren’t pushy, but very informational about joining the U.S. Forces.” CTC also toured the fire department on base and learned about the different equipment used to put out an aircraft or structural fire.
Some of the activities the club members found interesting about the field trip were touring the planes and donating to the troops. Students commented that it was a great way for Champion High School to contribute positively to something.
The troops were very appreciative to be receiving supplies. “We are excited for them to be able to have items to use when they leave,” Wise added. CTC members really enjoyed meeting servicemen and women and learning about base life. Thomas stated, “The tour was awesome and we suggest that everyone checks out the base when you have the time!”
If you would like more information on how to donate to the USO of Northern Ohio, please visit www.usonorthernohio.org or contact Bruce Bille at YARS@usonorthernohio.org. To learn more about the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, visit their website at www.youngstown.afrc.af.mil/.
- __ Girls earn patches and help out deployed military in same day May 25, 2016
The members of Girl Scout Troop 80777 from Columbiana are working hard on earning their Gardening and Flower patches within the local community. They participated in a class taught by Jenny Wehr at Willows by Wehr and learned about the meaning of flowers and made a carnation arrangement to keep.
The girls also collected over 150 items and donated them to the American Legion Post 290 Auxiliary for care packages to be sent overseas for deployed female service members for their monthly service project. The girls will finalize their work on their Gardening and Flower patches by building fairy gardens at Town and Country in June.