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VFW Ladies Auxiliary Promotes “Buddy Poppy Good Citizen”

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5837 Ladies Auxiliary in conjunction with Ms Linda Tyree will again visit the Butler County 4th and 5th grade classes during the month of September promoting the Buddy Poppy Good Citizen program.

Last year, Ms Lois Russ and Ms Jane Eaton-Henderson spoke to them about the “Buddy Poppy” and each student was given a Buddy Poppy a pamphlet on the Buddy Poppy and a requirements list. Ms Linda Tyree explained the requirements, and if chosen, what they would win.

Each student, in order to participate  this year must share with five people what they have learned about the Buddy Poppy and  write a 50 words or less essay on,” What the Buddy Poppy Means to Me”. The students will also receive points for good attendance and academic performance.

Those students who are selected as Buddy Poppy Good Citizens will be participating in the following;  Butler County Chapter NSDAR Veterans Day Breakfast November 5 at 9:00 A.M. at BCHS ; the annual “Butler County Salutes our Veterans “program, November 11 at 9:00 A.M. at BCHS ;and the annual Veterans Day Parade November 12 at 2:00 P.M.. They will also record the pledge for WLBQ radio station the pledge will be re-played on the radio. The four Buddy Poppy Good Citizens will also take part in the Festival of Trees, Flag Day and Memorial Day activities.

This year, Ms Russ, who is the Americanism/Citizen Education Chairman and Ms Eaton-Henderson, who is the Youth Activities Chairman, have been joined by Ladies Auxiliary President,  Ms Lynda Knight and  Ms Jennifer Odle, Treasurer  in visiting  the 4th and 5th grade classes at  Morgantown Elementary and North Butler in September .

Ms Eaton-Henderson, chairman of the Buddy Poppy Committee, was delighted when Ms Russ, came up with the idea of this way to promote the awareness of the Buddy Poppy, its origination and what it stands for while making students more aware of the thanks due our veterans from all wars who insure that we continue to enjoy our freedoms. Freedom is not free and the price tag is high but that fact is often lost as we live our privileged lives.

On November 11, at the Veterans Day Program the Buddy Poppy Good Citizen s will be handing Poppies out and giving information on the Buddy Poppy.  Listen and you might be surprised at the answers! There is a lot to know about that little red poppy that is made by veterans in VA hospitals across our country!

This year, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 5837 has added an Art Contest “Art for Heroes” for all 4th, 5th and Middle school students.   The finial winners will be chosen at the Butler County Chapter NSDAR Veterans Breakfast on Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 A.M. at Butler County High School by the Veterans and theses winners will be announced at “Butler County Salutes Our Veterans” program on November 11 at 9:00 A.M. at the Butler County High School .

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