Northern Kentucky students get opportunity to meet and talk face-to-face with area veterans

11/08/2017 08:08 PM

FORT MITCHELL – Students at Beechwood School in Fort Mitchell received visits from over 25 veterans on Wednesday as part of the nationwide Take a Veteran to School initiative, an outreach program connecting veterans from all walks of life with students and schools nationwide.

Wednesday’s event, which was organized by Spectrum in cooperation with The History Channel, also offers participating schools curriculum-based educational materials at www.veterans.com as well as short videos and additional resources, all provided free of charge.

Beechwood teacher Dawn Norris, coordinator of the event, says it’s all about educating the students on the lives of veterans and what they’ve given for the country.

“I really think that it will help them appreciate it more just to see a face to it,” Norris said. “Since they haven’t been alive during a war that had brought bloodshed to a point where some of these veteran have, to just let them know that people still care and that it’s still important.”

U.S. Navy Korean War veteran Frank Decker used the event to send a message to the young students.

“Appreciate, somehow, the wonderful country that they live in,” Decker said. “The freedom that we enjoy which is so precious, is worth fighting for, if need be.

As part of the days festivities, Charter Communications presented a $2,500 donation to the Tri-state Veterans Community Alliance, an independent, veteran-led nonprofit organization dedicated to serving veterans and their families within the 16-county, Greater Cincinnati region as they transition from military to civilian life.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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