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Elmore County High seniors Jessie Weeks, left, and Kaitlyn Eller rake leaves as other students work on the American flag mural at the Eclectic Veterans Memorial on Kowaliga Road.
Elmore County High seniors Jessie Weeks, left, and Kaitlyn Eller rake leaves as other students work on the American flag mural at the Eclectic Veterans Memorial on Kowaliga Road.

Students pitch in to get park ready for Veterans Day

Published 4:51pm Friday, November 8, 2013

An army of Elmore County High students and staff members have been on duty all week at the Eclectic Veterans Memorial on Kowaliga Road, working to get the park polished up for the Veterans Day commemoration Monday at 2 p.m.

ECHS teacher Terry Nicholas said many students have been working at the park every day this week. Members of the senior class pressure-washed and repainted the wall of the building next door, which once featured a giant but faded mural of the Stars and Stripes. They also trimmed the hedges, raked the leaves and placed mulch around trees.

Art students then updated and repainted the giant mural. They were putting the finishing touches on the project Friday, as Nicholas and students continued blowing and raking up the falling leaves.

Elmore County High art students paint a new building-sized American flag mural on the building adjacent to the Eclectic Veterans Memorial.
Elmore County High art students paint a new building-sized American flag mural on the building adjacent to the Eclectic Veterans Memorial.

Members of the school’s Professional Learning Community “Community, Culture and Student Motivation” group also replanted flowers in beds and pots around the memorial park. Ag and Carpentry students refurbished two benches at the memorial.

“(The Community, Culture and Student Motivation group) decided to find projects to work on and reach out to the community,”  Nicholas said. “Around Veterans Day, this seemed like a great place to start.”

Teacher Julie Elrod made a wreath on behalf of ECHS to place on the memorial, and teacher Barbara Haisten made boutonnieres for three faculty members — Grady Rowe, Wilbur Terrell and Steve Flowers — honoring their military service. The three were recognized at a school-wide assembly this week.

Nicholas gave special thanks to Russell Do-It Center in Eclectic for donating the paint and rollers to make the mural project possible.

Eclectic the Beautiful will host the town’s annual Veterans Day observance at 2 p.m. Monday. ECHS alumnus Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Royal — an Iraq and Afghanistan vet who was wounded in the Fort Hood terror attack — will give the keynote address.

The Eclectic Veterans Memorial — a wall engraved with the names of hundreds of residents past and present who served in the military — is located on Kowaliga Road near Piggly Wiggly. See Thursday’s edition of The Eclectic Observer for more.

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