Amherst Veterans share coffee, experiences with TRHS students

On November 3, Mr. Karl’s physical education and leadership class, “Fit in Life,” welcomed and conversed with 12 veterans for Amherst’s first ever “Veterans Day Coffee.”

The week prior, the class was assigned with planning for the event. The students accepted the challenge and created a memorable experience for both students and veterans.

Service experiences as well as future college and work aspirations were just a few topics of conversation between the group.

Senior Cole Oleson, who is currently enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an air crew member, said, “I loved being able to talk to those who have served our country and being able to listen to their stories. It’s a pleasure to be able to give back to those who’ve given everything.”

From the Korean War to Afghanistan, students were able to talk to each of the veterans and listen firsthand to what each had to endure during their service times.

Junior Gracie Symkowiak said, “Their stories were amazing! It was very cool to hear about what they went through and the bases they were stationed at. I met one Veteran at school during the Veterans Day Coffee, then I saw her again where I work, and she noticed me and we talked some more.”

With some coffee, cheese curds, and many sweet treats, the veterans and students came together as a community that offered more than just conversation.

“This experience gave the students an appreciation of the sacrifice each individual in this room gave to our community and country. This is only a small token of thanks that we can give to our veterans and all they have done for us,” Karl said.

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