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Nickels for Never Forgotten Surprises 3 Veterans

13 Nov News

What can a nickel buy these days? Tomahawk Elementary students found out that a school’s worth of nickels can send veterans to Washington DC.

Towards the end of October, Tomahawk Elementary students began a program called “Nickels for Never Forgotten.” Their student council came up with the idea to collect nickels with a goal of sending one veteran on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. The estimated cost is right around $500.

According to Principal Dan McGuire, the classes raised $946, which works out to 19,000 nickels.

Not satisfied, the elementary went on to raise another $500 through a clothing sale and Packer bead sale. This brought the total to more than $1,500 enough for three Tomahawk Veterans to participate in the Honor Flight.

The student council presented the funds raised at yesterday’s Veteran’s Day Assembly. The students then surprised local veterans Robert LaNou, Jim Likwarz and John Gwidt, Jr. The men are expected to take the flight this spring.

One of the student council members said, “This was a tremendous learning experience for our TES students, having the pleasure of knowing they helped someone from our community by making sure that their military service was appreciated and remembered.”