McKean Elementary kicks off fundraiser for Veterans

Posted on October 29, 2012, in Lancer Life

Each year, McKean Elementary’s gifted students select a charity or community cause and organize a fundraiser.  This year, all of the money from the fundraiser will benefit local Veterans who have returned from active duty in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn. The Welcome Home Fund helps provide therapeutic support to inpidual Veterans and their families, educational opportunities, and valuable assistance with transitioning to civilian life.

Students and their families can purchase a red, white or blue star from now until November 8th by sending in the attached order form. The stars will then be used to create an American flag mural.  (White stars = $1.00, Red stars = $5.00, Blue stars = $10.00).  The mural will be donated to the Erie VA Medical Center when our fundraiser is complete.

The students in McKean Elementary’s Challenge Program kicked off their community service fundraiser last week with an assembly for the entire school. James Miller, retired from the U.S. Army, and OEF/OIF Program Manager at the Erie VA Medical Center, was the speaker. During the Assembly, Miller showed the students a variety of his samples — from soda used overseas to different helmets used across the battlefield.

For more information on the fundraiser, please contact McKean Elementary teacher Melissa Bean at