Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Waupaca Area Veteran Memorial Challenge

Guest post by Sue Abrahamson, Waupaca Area Public Library

Service member
Service  member (Pixabay)
Maybe it comes from being in a family where many have served, or maybe it comes from living in a community that hosts one of three Wisconsin Veterans Homes, but whatever it is, we couldn't possibly forget our service men and women as part of the "Every Hero Has a Story" summer library theme.  Working with Jesse Cuff, our County Veterans Services Agent (and every county has one!), we sat down and brainstormed how we could pay tribute and collaborate this summer to provide families an opportunity to discover local history. He reminded us about the work of the Old Glory Honor Flight organization, a nonprofit who works to take veterans on a whirlwind, one-day, trip to Washington, D.C. to see the national memorials constructed in their honor.  Asking children and families to remember these heroes by doing something educational just seemed a good fit.
Scavenger checklist (Pixabay)

Turns out, there are several veterans memorials in various locations in our community. How many times do we drive by and never notice?  We've made a scavenger hunt using these memorials for families to explore together.  Families who take the Veteran Memorial Challenge will get the attached sheet to complete.  By answering 9 questions from the memorials they visit, writing a thank you note to a Honor Flight veteran, and turning it into the library, the library staff (using it's Sunshine Fund-jeans money and proceeds from upcoming bake sales at the library) will donate $5 per family.  It takes about $500 to send a veteran on a Honor Flight, so our goal is that 100 families take our challenge!

Written by:
Sue Abrahamson, Children's Librarian
Waupaca Area Public Library