The Monroe City R-1 School District is committed to helping support local veterans. During the week of October 19-23, the school will hold a coin drive competition, called Panthers for Patriots.  The High School, Middle School and Elementary School buildings will compete to raise the most money throughout the week. Superintendent Tony DeGrave shared, “We are very excited to be able to support and show our deep respect to our Veterans in a year of so much uncertainty.  The Monroe City R-1 School District has many students and staff who work behind the scenes to ensure our local Veterans are given a special day of gratitude.   We hope to do our part to further support the Great River Honor Flight project.”

Beginning Monday, October 19 a coin drive will start to support the Great River Honor Flight. Containers will be placed in the lobby of each building to collect the coins. Students will be asked to bring in coins throughout the week. The donations will be counted and the principal of the winning school will get a surprise. Each Principal believes helping support our Veterans is an important aspect to instill in the next generations.

High School Principal Brandi VanDelft sees the opportunity as a way to show honor to Veterans, she shared, “Our veterans have provided the greatest service and sacrifices for our country. Our coin drive will help the Great River Honor Flight honor our veterans in our area to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

The coin drive gives our students an opportunity to donate towards a wonderful cause in supporting those who have done so much for our freedom.”

Middle School Principal Troy Patterson also agrees this event creates a great opportunity, stating, “Raising money for the Honor Flight, creates opportunity. Opportunity for those men and women to be honored and for them to be able to remember and be remembered for the service they provided for our country.”

Elementary School Principal Kim Shinn shared what being able to show honor means to her by stating, “ Honoring the Veterans means giving back to those who have given so much to us and our way of life.”

On Friday, October 23, the Monroe City Panthers will host Highland at the varsity football game. During halftime, Veterans will be invited to the field to be honored. All Veterans will be provided with a free sandwich and drink by the Booster Club. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds supporting the Great River Honor Flight. This event is in lieu of the annual district-wide Veteran’s Day assembly.

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