Opelika High School History class comes together to send veterans to WWII memorial

By Katherine Kington - email | Twitter

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Alana Jones's grandfather will turn 99 years old tomorrow. Jones, a US History student, says her grandfather is a World War two veteran, who served many years fighting for this country.

So when her teacher at Opelika High decided they should raise money for West Georgia Honor Flight, something clicked. She says, "It feels like it's me connecting to where he was coming from when he was telling me about all of his war stories so I feel like this can help me better connect to him."

Kyle Pinckard, her teacher for A.P. History Class, says he wants to do more with his students than have them read and take tests, he wants to engage them.

He decided his class would sell paper for one dollar, and students would have what else? a paper plane throwing contest with prizes.  The money collected will go to Honor Flight.

"I wanted to try and find a way for them to interact about the stuff we talked about and I heard about the honor flight so I thought this would be a good chance for them to do something that's worthwhile as well as possible provide something for people that have done so much for us." Says Pinckard

Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization that flies American Veterans to Washington D.C, free of charge to the veteran, to see their memorial. Pinckard says, "It cost $400 to send a vet and they don't have to spend anything so we're trying to raise $1200 that will go to sending three vets to D.C"

Alana Jones says she hopes one of those veterans will be her grandfather...who came home a few years after the war ended. "He could remember old friends and I know when they come back home they people stand in a line and clap for them as they get off the plane and I think that would be an experience for him where he can experience closure."

Mr. Pinkard's History students went to Chick Fil A in Tiger Town Monday night where 20% of the sales from collected receipts were donated to the fund.

If you would like to help Mr. Pinckard's class, you can go to Tiger Town shopping center in Opelika on Saturday where the class will be collecting change.

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