This year we have exciting projects in the works to help support our veteran community. Kids 4 Vets will continue our commitment to the Heart of America Stand Down, by collecting supplies for the fall Stand Down. We are also excited to have a special guest speaker come to our school to discuss some obstacles facing returning veterans. Finally, we have a new blog, with special interviews with local veterans and their family members coming soon.
Project 1. Prairie Elementary Stand Down Collection - 2019
Over the last four years, with the help of the Prairie Elementary family and friends, as well as local business, and my family I started a toiletry collection to support the Heart of America Stand Down. The school collection became a small volunteer competition among each grade to see who could collect the most supplies. The winning grades were rewarded with a hot chocolate and donut party. Best of all we collected a lot of donations for veterans in need. This fall, Prairie Elementary will start it's 5th Heart of America Stand Down Collection. All donations will be distributed on November 8th, 2019 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. Please click here for more information about the Stand Down Collection at Prairie, or for a complete list of toiletries. To contribute directly to the Heart of America Stand Down please visit our Donate page.
Project 2. Veterans Day Speaker: Judge Timothy McCarthy, Johnson County Veterans Treatment Court
In honor of Veterans Day, we are excited to welcome Judge Timothy McCarthy, Johnson County Veterans Treatment Court Judge to speak to Prairie Elementary students and faculty. In 2016, Judge McCarthy started a court to help veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system. Instead of sending veterans to jail, Judge McCarthy works to help veterans overcome challenges many face when they come home from serving our country. The Johnson County Veterans Treatment Court is the very first of this kind of court in Kansas, and Judge McCarthy is working to become a model for courts across the state to help as many veterans as possible. Judge McCarthy will talk about the need to continue supporting veterans in need, and will help kick off the Prairie Stand Down Collection.
Project 3. The Veterans Blog:
Q & A with local veterans
This upcoming blog will include questions from kids to veterans about their military service. Please check out my first Veterans Q & A blog about my own "Grandpa Advisors", where I ask my Army and Navy Grandpas to share their military experience and answer the question: "What Does Memorial Day mean to you?". If you have any questions you would like to ask a vet, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.