Car­bon­ear Academy stu­dents spon­sor ban­ner for vet­er­ans

Project hon­ours sol­diers with no fam­ily re­main­ing lo­cally

The Compass - - Front Page - BY CHRIS LEWIS Chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Grade 7 and 8 stu­dents from Car­bon­ear Academy came up with a note­wor­thy way to hon­our the mem­ory of vet­er­ans from the com­mu­nity.

Grade seven and eight stu­dents at Car­bon­ear Academy are do­ing what they can to give back to the fam­i­lies of fallen sol­diers.

Ear­lier in 2017, Wa­ter Street was dec­o­rated with memo­rial ban­ners, bear­ing the names and pho­tos of sol­diers from Car­bon­ear who gave their lives for Canada’s free­dom. How­ever, stu­dents at Car­bon­ear Academy wor­ried that sol­diers whose fam­i­lies no longer lived in the area would be left out.

To­ward the end of the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony, held at the school on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Nov. 9, stu­dents pre­sented Com­rade Les­lie For­ward of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 23 in Car­bon­ear with $469 that they had raised in or­der to pay for two ban­ners to be erected on the street, in mem­ory of any­one who had served in the past whose fam­ily have since moved on, or were oth­er­wise un­able to have a ban­ner of their own.

When erected, the ban­ner will fea­ture the sol­dier’s name, where and where they served, ac­com­pa­nied by words ex­plain­ing that the ban­ner was do­nated by grade seven and eight stu­dents at Car­bon­ear Academy.

The money raised by the stu­dents came as a re­sult of a bake sale, which Car­bon­ear Academy teacher Jane Green called a ma­jor suc­cess, with hun­dreds of baked goods sold over the course of a two-day long sale. By sell­ing their cook­ies and cup­cakes, the stu­dents in turn saw ma­jor suc­cess with their project.

Stu­dents in­volved in the project spoke with The Com­pass af­ter Wed­nes­day morn­ing’s cer­e­mony, ex­plain­ing how it made them feel to give back to vet­er­ans how­ever they could, and how the project opened their eyes to the sac­ri­fices made for their coun­try.

“It makes us feel good, and really gives us a sense of pride,” said Re­becca Sel­lars, who also per­formed “Pit­tance of Time” along­side fel­low stu­dent Chelsea Hyde dur­ing the cer­e­mony. “It’s good to know that a ban­ner that we fundraised for is go­ing to be put up, along­side all the other ban­ners, in a sol­dier’s name who doesn’t have fam­ily here any­more to rep­re­sent them.”

An­other stu­dent, Car­o­line Clarke, ex­plained that the project helped her and her class­mates de­velop a bet­ter con­nec­tion and un­der­stand­ing with the topic of war and re­mem­brance.

“We hear about sol­diers, and hear sto­ries, and this felt like a way for us to give back to them in our own way,” she said.

Green noted the project cor­re­lates with the grade seven stu­dents’ So­cial Stud­ies cur­ricu­lum, though the ban­ner project it­self was a com­pletely sep­a­rate idea that the stu­dents came up with on their own.

“The cur­ricu­lum cen­tres around em­pow­er­ment – dis­em­pow­er­ment, so­cial em­pow­er­ment, po­lit­i­cal em­pow­er­ment, which are pretty big topics for grade sevens, but this kind of linked up with that, even though it wasn’t ac­tu­ally a part of the course,” Green ex­plained.

Sev­eral stu­dents also spoke of their own fam­i­lies, which in­clude, both past and present, men and women who served in the mil­i­tary. Some stu­dents even proudly wore parts of fam­ily mem­bers’ ser­vice out­fits dur­ing per­for­mances Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

“It just felt really great to be a part of a group of grade seven and eight stu­dents that could get to­gether to raise $469, and put up two ban­ners. It’s a good feel­ing to be able to give back to peo­ple who gave so much for our coun­try,” said stu­dent Abi­gail Lee.

“You have to hon­our our sol­diers, and I think that’s what we did with this,” added Sel­lars.

Though as of Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon no spe­cific iden­tity has been as­signed to the ban­ners, the stu­dents hold great pride in their ac­com­plish­ment, and look for­ward to see­ing their ef­forts put to good use.

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

Grade seven and eight stu­dents at Car­bon­ear Academy raised money to erect a memo­rial ban­ner on Wa­ter Street for any fallen sol­diers whose fam­i­lies no longer lived in the area.

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