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Fifth Grade Education Days at The Highground

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On October 7th and 8th, Fifth Grade Education Days was held at The Highground near Neillsville. More than 500 students from thirteen elementary schools were involved. They came from Greenwood, Owen-Withee, Loyal, Abbotsford, Pittsville, Lincoln-Merrillan, Augusta, Colby, Thorp, Gilman, and Neillsville. Through this event, students, teachers and chaperones were guided through the various memorials and displays by volunteers. They explained the importance of these memorials to the veterans and their families. The history of each war era and the explanation of the symbolism involved in the creation of each tribute resulted in questions and comments from students. Mother Nature blessed the scene with sunny, cool, and very windy weather.
Students brought soil to incorporate into the Dove Effigy Mound tribute. At the Learning Center, students learned how a nonprofit organization is helping war victims by assisting families in Laos. They also learned about the plans to build a tribute to Military Working Dogs.
A demonstration of the Flag Draped Coffin was presented by a team of volunteers from the American Legion Auxiliary Units in Thorp and Boyd. They explained the symbolism behind each fold of the flag at a military funeral and the presentation to a bereaved family member. This concluded with the group forming a circle and singing “God Bless America.” Before leaving, the students were given a treat and a small American Flag as a memento of their visit.
The Highground thanks all the Fifth Grade Days volunteers, Kwik Trip, Tommy’s Hilltop, Al and Nancy Prehn, Skip Klabon , Melissa Schultz, Christal Prehn and Heather McGivern for their generous donations to Fifth Grade Days. Fifth Grade Education Days at The Highground ensures that future generations will continue to understand and appreciate the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families.