By Kevin Kelley
For 39 years, members of the Armed Forces have received letters of thanks and support from middle school students in Fairview Park.
Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Lewis F. Mayer Middle School, St. Angela Merici School and Messiah Lutheran School had the opportunity to compete in a letter writing contest to let soldiers, sailors and airmen know their sacrifices are appreciated. Those whose letters were judged the best were recognized by Mayor Eileen Patton, City Council members and state Rep. Nan Baker before the Nov. 16 council meeting.
Known as the “For God and Country” contest, the student exercise results in letters being sent to troops stationed around the world.
Students were asked to let servicemen and servicewoman know “why God, country, and the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces are important to our country’s freedom.”
From Messiah Lutheran School, the 2015 winner was Jade Pearson, with honorable mention going to Kaylie Norris. Amanda Keim was the winner from St. Angela Merici School, with Julia Roth getting the honorable mention. From Mayer Middle School, Jack Forsythe was the winner, with Jade Peace and Dorain Blazevic receiving honorable mentions.
The contest was established by Fairview Park resident Harriet Beekman, whose We Do Care Committee has sent care packages to area soldiers and sailors for two generations.