Greencastle-Antrim High School students honored veterans during a Veterans Day assembly and raised almost $500 through the sale of patriotic button to benefit two veterans’ organizations.

The annual Veterans Day assembly was held during school hours on Monday, Nov. 12. Victor Moon, who served in the United States Navy, and as a master sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve, was the speaker at the assembly. Patriotic songs were sung by the G-AHS Concert Choir, under the direction of Roz Bingaman. A trio of students, Kaylynn Leap on clarinet, Jordan Noll on flute and Zack Reynolds on piano, performed “God Bless America.” The G-AHS Concert Band performed several patriotic selections, under the direction of Robert Bennett. A color guard made up of local veterans from the VFW and the American Legion also participated in the assembly. In addition, the winners of the VFW’s Voice of Democracy contest were announced. Madison Yates placed first, Jarrett Gelsinger placed second and Megan Lined placed third for their speeches based on the question “Why is it Important to Vote?”

As part of the annual Veterans Day project, the high school kicked off a fundraising activity by selling patriotic buttons for $3 during school lunch periods. Students also made the buttons available during the Veterans Day luncheon sponsored by the Greencastle American Legion on Nov. 11. In addition, teacher Ellen Kirkner and a group of students braved the cold the evening of Dec. 7 to sell the buttons during the annual Greencastle Heritage Christmas. Students from classes taught by Kirkner, Meagan Brockway, and Crystal Kump organized the Veterans Day events. The buttons were designed and produced by G-AHS students from classes taught by Tara Clopper and John Bartram.

Money raised will benefit two organizations – the Nine Line Foundation, which is dedicated to helping the most severely wounded combat veterans rebuild their lives, and 22 Until None, which focuses on combatting suicide among the veteran community.