By Bonnie Spurgeon

Each year, AmVets has a national Americanism Project which allows our students in school to participate in an assignment showing how they are proud to be an American. Young people at St. Patrick School have entered the contest using the theme, “Why should you say ‘thank you’ to a veteran.”

The youth of America will be the torchbearers for the next generation and we can make a significant contribution in helping them understand our rich heritage by presenting our Americanism contest to them. Grades K-1 complete a flag coloring and question entry. Grades 2-5 draw a poster following the theme and write a description of their drawing. Upper grades write and essay. All entries are judged using criteria of following the theme, originality literary composition, artistic ability and neatness. First place winners are sent to the district, state and national for prizes.

St. Patrick essay winners are Halle Six, Sabineh Krukowski-Ortiz and Paige Kunsman. Below are their ideas on why they should ‘thank’ a veteran.

Bonnie Spurgeon is first vice president of the AMVETS Post 54 Auxiliary, and chairperson of the Americanism Contest Committee.

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