The students and teachers at White Oaks Elementary School in Reston, Va., raised $664.52 for the Education Center at The Wall during a one-day fund drive that was part of the school’s “Bring a Vet to Breakfast” event on Veterans Day.
Students decorated jars and posters to call attention to the project and collect money. The fifth grade class at the school was also studying the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which provided a special tie-in.
“We had such a tremendous response to our Veterans Day celebration,” reported Marion Fegley, a 5th grade special ed teacher at the school. “We had 110 military personnel attend our breakfast, which meant we had nearly 225 people in our school cafeteria. It was extremely meaningful and very, very emotional. Many people added bills to our jars around the school.”
The project got the kids excited as well. “It was great listening to a math student say in his class, ‘Wow, if every school in America did this, The Education Center could be built quickly!'” Fegley remembered. “It was a great day.”
The Burke Patch, a local community newspaper, covered the breakfast. Click here to see pictures and learn more.