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Veterans Day ceremony inspires student to form new club at MHS

December 5, 2017

Matt Pawlowski

      On November 10, 2017, Mundelein High School hosted a Veterans Day assembly honoring vets from the area. Approximately 75 veterans took part in the ceremony which impressed school officials and the community as well. Sophomore Matt Pawlowski has been active in giving back to the US Armed Forces through an Eagle Scout project but the Veterans Day ceremony motivated him to create a club that would extend this work to the MHS student body.

“Named Helping Heroes of America, the new club came on the heels of the moving and well-received Veterans Day celebration,” said club advisor Nicole Malham, an MHS social studies instructor. “This will give students the chance to give back to active members and veterans of the US Armed Forces,” Pawlowski explained.

The club, which Pawlowski anticipates having more than 20 members, will send care packages overseas, organize letter-writing campaigns for veterans and work to record the stories of veterans’ experiences.

“We’d love to have a book of personal stories from older veterans while they are still able to tell about their military experiences,” Pawlowski said. He envisions the book to be available both in print and online.

“This service-based club will offer students the opportunity to show members of our military how much we value and appreciate the sacrifices they have made on our behalf,” Malham said.

“The reaction that community members had to all the flags around the perimeter of the school on Veterans Day and to the assembly itself has inspired us to keep that patriotic spirit alive all year-long,” Pawlowski concluded. 
 
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