Saturday Night Rivals: Salt Fork Supports Our Local Veterans
SALT FORK, Ill. (WCCU) —
Salt Fork High School Storm is thanking those who fight for our freedom at an annual event where they showcase local vets.
The event is not put on by teachers and parents, but by a group of students. This year, the students are adding a new surprise.
"It's something that I think the community looks forward to every year,” said Darcy Shepherd, teacher, Salt Fork High School.
Shepherd has been a guidance counselor for 6 years now and says the veteran’s assembly is always a big event for the community.
"It's always positive,” Shepherd explained. “It's really neat to see their emotion and I think they really enjoy the respect that we give them and them being honored.”
A number of local veterans are expected to arrive at the school's gymnasium for an all school event on November 10, honoring those who fought for our country.
"It's just our little way of saying thank you and showing the support,” said Brian Russell, science teacher, Salt Fork High School.
Every year the school’s National Honor Society and Leadership Group join together to make this event happen.
Russell is also part of the Leadership Group. He and the group decided this year they wanted to do something special and mail out care packages to current soldiers with all kinds of food.
"It's just our little way of saying ‘thank you’ and showing the support,” said Russell.
The students on the honor society say putting on this event is not only great for the school, but it feels good to find a way to give back.
"We feel like we're giving back to them after everything they've given to us,” said Aleah Carder, National Honor Society Student, Salt Fork High School.
"They coordinate everything. They go to the grade school and talk with the grade school kids about the poster contest. If we’re going to have a guest speaker they will make the connections,” said Shepherd.