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Area schools attend Christmas Honors at Ft Smith National Cemetery

Monday, December 13, 2021 - Moffett and Brushy Student Wellness Activity Teams (SWAT), Roland’s Honor Society, Muldrow Alt Ed, Muldrow Beta Club, and Belfonte Public Schools recently traveled to Ft. Smith to attend "Christmas Honors" at the Ft. Smith National Cemetery.

Students volunteered their time by fluffing, placing red bows, and stacking all the wreaths so they were prepared for the weekend's main event. On the following Saturday, many of the students returned to be a part of the laying of the Christmas Honor Wreaths Ceremony.

Shannon Edwards, school nurse and SWAT coordinator for both Moffett and Brushy public schools, said the Christmas Honors event is something that her SWAT teams look forward to each year.

"I am very thankful to our veterans and all the sacrifices they have made. I am also grateful to work for two school districts that fully support our students by allowing them to experience these types of volunteer opportunities each year, " Edwards stated.

Maddi Williams, a member of the Moffett SWAT team, said this event is very special because her great grandfather and grandmother are both buried at Fort Smith National Cemetery.

"I love doing volunteer work and giving back to the community, especially when it comes to those who fought for our freedom and justice. Many veterans have no family left, so it makes me feel good when I place the wreaths on their headstones so they don't go unnoticed, "Williams said.

In addition to the Christmas Honors event, Edwards travels with her students to the Veterans Association (VA) in Muskogee each year to hand out thank-you cards and visit with veterans.

Edwards said she is excited about the new VA center coming to Sallisaw and can’t wait for the opportunity to take her students to visit the facility and get to know the veterans that will soon reside there.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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