The effect of last week’s storms didn’t deter from the beauty of the Dayton’s National Cemetery thanks to the efforts of teenagers from the D. Russel Lee Career Technology School.
Thirty-four juniors and seniors from Tom Newman’s Information Technology Tech Prep Academy spent more than two hours clearing branches and debris from the cemetery following the Halloween storm.
It was part of the class’ annual community service trip to the cemetery and Veterans Administration Medical Center trip to honor veterans of the military.
“With the high winds and storms, branches and debris were left on the grounds of the National Cemetery,’’ Newman said. “The grounds keeper stated that it would have taken up to a month to clean up with their limited number of students.”
Following the clean-up the students distributed fruit to and visited with the veterans at the nearby veteran’s medical center.
Newman’s students have been making the trip more than a dozen years to honor the service provided by members of the armed forces.
“All I can say is that words could not express what was experienced today,’’ Newman said.
Juniors who made the trip were: Gabriella Baker, Quentin Center, Mason Curtner, Sean Dowers, Sam Durman, Maria Hinton, Dakota Howard, Nick Justice, Tyler Krieg, Isaac Laba, Dezarae Lane, Zach Miller, Chris Ormsby, Isaiah Sanchez, Travis Sprague, Adam Steele, Wyatt Stewart, and Jacob Wolfe.
Seniors that went were: Corey Amodio, Jordan Combs, Jacob Corris, Rowan Crum, Daniel Cust, Emily Dearwester, Brianna English,Tyler Imfeld, Kaity Lager, Andrew Meacham, Cody Merkel, Tyler Michael, Stephen Mills, Matt Minor, Brett Schnicker, and Ty Strong.