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05-17-08, 07:05 AM
Published May 15, 2008 08:47 pm - Andrew Schafer is only in eighth-grade, but his desire to enlist in the Marines shows he has a sense of service to his country.

Students thanking veterans with bus trip to D.C.


By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

HERMITAGE —

Andrew Schafer is only in eighth-grade, but his desire to enlist in the Marines shows he has a sense of service to his country.


Andrew is one of the Hermitage Middle School students who have been working to raise money and plan a June 3 bus trip for local veterans to see the memorials to World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars in Washington, D.C.

The president of student council said he knows what America’s veterans gave up so that he could live in freedom.

“Since what they’ve done for us is so appreciated, we thought we’d like to do something for them, have a day for them because they’ve earned it,” said eighth-grader Corey Schurko.

The middle school held a series of fundraisers that culminated in a “carnizaar” Thursday, where students tried to dunk their teachers, played video games, shot hoops, sampled popcorn and sno-cones and bid on donated items at a Chinese auction.

They’ve raised more than $5,000 to pay for the trip.

Members of Hickory Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6166, Hermitage, and Shenango Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1338, Sharon, are signing up for the trip.

“They’re really thankful for it,” Post 1338 Cmdr. Patrick J. Kelley said of his members who have signed up. “A lot of World War II and Korean vets have never been there. It’s something that they deserve to see because they’ve really worked for it.”

Hickory Cmdr. Richard Serafin said his members were taken aback by the offer.

“I think it’s fabulous,” he said. “I think it’s wonderful that they would do this for the vets.”

Serafin added that the gesture shows a sense of patriotism and understanding for the sacrifices for vets he hasn’t seen in young people for some time.

“It really says something about the young people of the valley,” he said.

Student council adviser Michelle Lanshcak said a group of students came to school early regularly to organize the carnizaar.

“They just have been phenomenal,” she said. “They really bought into it.”

Adviser Raymond Olsen said he hopes the project has matured the students and taught them about giving of themselves to a cause.

Ellie