“They want us to mimic the old sign,” said junior Jared Everman, who is working with several classmates on the project. “It’s going to be the same size.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the sign will be at 9 a.m. May 4.
Working on the project are juniors from Joseph Collins’ political science/government class: Everman, Chase O’Dell, Halle Patton, Kaylee Ries and Emily Vogus. One of the students’ grandfathers was an American Legion member before he died.
“Within this college class, we have been asked to explore and make our mark on the real world rather than completing typical classwork. As I looked for projects, I asked some friends if they would like to team up with me to give back to a group of people who have done so much for us,” said Everman, the son of Eric and Cheryl, of Norwalk.
Since Everman and his friends go by the American Legion in Berlin Heights “all the time,” he said they thought it would be a good idea to “give back to his amazing organization that has been giving back to this amazing community going back to before we were born.”
“With that, we decided to bring to life an old, damaged sign in front of the American Legion in Berlin Heights, Ohio” he added.
The students are painting and replacing the wooden sign and adding solar lights. The lights will charge during the daylight hours and illuminate the sign in the dark.
“It’s turning out very well. We also are going to put a new flower garden,” Everman said.
When he notified the Reflector about the project and ribbon cutting, he said via email he did so “not to draw attention to our project, but draw attention to such a wonderful organization at our ribbon cutting ceremony for the sign.”
“We’ve been working on it every day for the past two weeks during school,” he said in a phone interview.