YOUTH INVOLVEMENT

 

 

In order to educate youth in military history, young people are being directly involved in the project. Examples of this involvement include:
• High school and middle school students research the raw information and data that will be utilized: on the monuments, pedestals, and markers.

 In addition to having Park Chaplains who provide prayers at Park programs, we also have a Park Chaplain Aide, a Boy Scout who has provided opening/closing prayers at our programs.

• Volunteer student docents will provide information about the military actions to groups.

• American flags flown throughout military history will be displayed in chronological order along the “300 Years of Military History” sidewalk during Park ceremonies. “Flag docents” will be available to discuss the history of each flag.
• Youth were involved in the groundbreaking and dedication programs and will be actively involved in all future ceremonies at the Park.
• A Liberty Tree was donated by the Executive Director of the Sons of the American Revolution. A Middle School Beta Club watered the tree during the school year and a Cub Scout den
watered the tree during the summer.

• Volunteer student docents will provide information about the military actions to groups.

• Middle school students submit quotes concerning veterans and the military that are considered for the Quote Markers.

 The Park provides a flag retirement location for the community to leave their flags and hosts a flag retirement ceremony conducted by Boy Scouts.

• An outdoor classroom was built adjacent to the Park as an Eagle Scout project. Another completed Eagle Scout project involved cleaning up and rocking a Park drainage ditch which also beautified the Park.

• The Park was requested to provide a high school with the names of veterans who had house/grounds projects and the school’s students completed the projects for community service.

A donation of over $6,000 was received in the name of a Boy Scout Scoutmaster, an Army veteran, who suddenly passed away resulting in the troop disbanding.

• Since the Park is being built in the Theodore Klein Historical Tree Museum, an American Heritage Girl troop completed a project identifying the trees in the Park area, trees that were brought from many areas outside of Kentucky. Thus, visitors are be able to see the tree names while walking through the Park. For her Stars and Stripe Award, an America Heritage girl built patriotic bird house for the trees.
• At the Park's request, students from three elementary schools in the area created “thank you” cards for veterans, so many that they were passed out at an event for Vietnam veterans, Veterans Day program, and a Kentucky Veterans of the Year program.


There is NO question that there will be other future projects available for youth. Several requests have already been received from youth organizations who want to volunteer for projects as needs become available.

 

chair@VMPKy.org                                                      

P.O. Box 46, Pewee Valley, KY 40056

 

 

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