Local School Raising Funds to Send Veterans on Freedom Honor Flight

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A local elementary school is carrying on a nearly 10 year tradition which started as a part of the school’s Veterans Day program.

Northwoods Elementary school in Eau Claire is raising money to help send veterans to Washington D.C. to be honored in a special way.

The money raised allows vets to participate in a Freedom honor flight, which flies them to D.C. to visit the memorials built in their honor.

So far, the school has raised almost $1500. They are just fifty dollars shy of being able to send three vets to D.C. It costs $500 to send one veteran.

“I am always amazed at the generosity of our students at Northwoods because there’s no pizza party for the winning class,” said 5th grade teacher, Vance Mead. “There’s no external reward at all. It’s just doing something nice for someone else.”

Mead said the students have been excited to give. They’ve brought in their allowances, money from their piggy banks, and even their money from the tooth fairy.

“Students that have been saving money for other things, this was a way to channel that toward something else for a great cause,” said Principal, Luke Stordahl.

The fundraiser ended last Friday, but it didn’t stop there.

Mead said a student brought in a donation of $300 on Monday.

“If everyone just brings in another quarter, we’ll make our goal,” said Mead.

The school has received thank you notes, including a note from a veteran from a long lineage of other veterans dating back to the American Revolutionary War. 

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