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TKMS Students Donate to Help Veterans

Eighth-grade students purchased footprints to line the school hallway. On each footprint was the name of an extended family member or friend who served or is serving the country. Paper bricks were also sold for students to write the names of direct family members who served or are serving.

The program was called “Walking in the Footprints of Heroes” and the direct family members were the “Building Blocks of Liberty.”

Jamie DeVries had nine family members who have been in different branches of the military and said she was proud to be able to put their names on the wall. Katelyn Baumgartner learned she had 16 family members who had been in the service, going back several generations.

Eighth graders gave $500 to the United Way and $147 to the Veterans Memorial to assist with the final landscaping efforts this spring around the memorial site.