The area's response to the Dec. 30 vandalism of the Veterans Park Memorial in Youngstown has been wide-ranging. The memorial, which listed the names of Youngstown veterans stretching back to the American Revolution, is highly regarded in the community and its destruction has touched many. Rewards have been offered leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible, and various community members, veterans groups and local businesses have come out with offers to help rebuild the memorial.
Students from the Lewiston-Porter School District also have stepped forward to aid in the restoration and preservation of the memorial. This past Wednesday, Youngstown Mayor Raleigh Reynolds visited the Lew-Port Intermediate Education Center where he was interviewed on the school's "Morning Announcements" program by students Brynn Townsend and Russell Orsi. The student-led interview, which can be viewed on the district website, explained to Lew-Port students what happened in Youngstown, and how the vandalism has affected local veterans and community members.
Lew-Port also announced this week that Primary Education Center and IEC multi-age classes, members of the Kiwanis K-Kids from the PEC and IEC, Builders Club, Honor Society and Student Council from the middle school and the high school Key Club would sell patriotic wristbands for $2 each during the week of Feb. 2 to 6.
"By wearing these bracelets, students want to show their patriotism and gratitude towards our veterans and demonstrate their support and allegiance to the community," IEC multi-age instructor Joy Khatib said. "We hope to earn $2,000 to help in the restoration of the memorial."
Khatib said residents can view the interview by visiting the Lew-Port website, www.lew-port.com. Click the IEC page and then "Morning Announcements."