Veteran junior high busy fundraising for trip to Ottawa

Students raised $5,600 in ten days.
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Sixteen junior high students from Veteran School must raise $1550 each for their class trip to Ottawa in November.
Last November Second World War Veteran Dave Pennington, aged 92, spoke in front the junior high students at Veteran School about his experiences fighting for the Canadian Forces in Italy during the Second World War.
During his presentation, students learned that all of Mr. Pennington’s medals were either lost or missing.
Students were so moved by Mr. Pennington’s visit that they wrote a letter to the Veterans Affairs  Office in Ottawa asking to have Mr. Pennington’s medals replaced.
Their letter was answered, which was a big surprise to students and teachers, and Mr. Pennington’s medals were restored.
Around the same time as this happened a former reporter at the ECA Review contacted the CBC to notify them of the story.
Veteran School soon received national coverage for what their junior high class had accomplished.
Coincidently, Dr. Paul Kavanagh, founder of Operation Veteran, a program designed to teach young people about war history in Canada, saw the CBC story from his home in Montreal and decided to invite Veteran School’s junior high class to Ottawa in November, 2013 to participate in Operation Veteran. This includes an invitation to the official Remembrance Day ceremonies and a tour of the Canadian War Museum.
Students are now in preparation mode for their upcoming trip.
To fundraise money for their trip students will host bottle and battery drives, complete community work such as lawn mowing and weeding, and conduct a magazine sale.
The students already managed to raise $5,600 in less than 10 days.
The the cost includes their flight, accommodations, two meals and tours.

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