Kentucky students honor WWI veterans with poppies
By Christy Howell-Hoots
via the Ledger-Independent
AUGUSTA, KY -- Students at Augusta Independent School are creating poppies to help honor World War I veterans in Frankfort.
AIS Principal Robin Kelsch said a letter was sent to the school from Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Commissioner Heather French Henry asking if students would participate in efforts to recognize the more than 2,000 Kentuckians who died in World War I.
According to Henry, the first use of the poppies will be at the Kentucky State Fair in August. The poppies will be placed on a World War I poppy wall.
"Fairgoers will have a chance to make a poppy to add to the existing poppies with hopes that at the end of our commemoration in the summer of 2019, we will have enough poppies to line the steps of the state capital in Frankfort," Henry said.
Kelsch said AIS was more than happy to participate in the project, because it is for such a good cause.
"I'm glad to have Augusta Independent School involved in this," Kelsch said. "It's something we're all about.
Third grade students Spencer Plummer and Lane Harding said they enjoyed making the poppies. Their class had already finished the poppies for the wall.
"It was fun," Plummer said. "I'd like to do it again in the future."
Harding said the class made 21 poppies.
"We each made one and there are 21 kids in the class," he said. "We're going to put them on a wall and make a path at the capital."
Fourth grade student Mallory Jett said her class is currently working to complete the poppies.
"I like it," she said. "It's fun and it's important. I was glad to do it, because I have a lot of family who are veterans."
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