PARKERSBURG - Members of the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg lent their artistic skills to a project to assist veterans who are students at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Students made stars for the My Freedom Wish project, said Shawn Healy with the Veteran's Corps and a veterans advocate at the college.
"These stars will represent the 50 stars in the American flag in a display on campus," he said. "When we do our fundraiser for the project we will put the stars up as a flag."
Photo by Jeffrey Saulton
Arianna Wolford colors a star at the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg for the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Veteran’s Corps ‘My Freedom Wish’ display.
Healy said it was up to the students to do what they wanted. They could just color it or add something about a dream of theirs.
Twenty-five members worked on the stars Friday.
The Veterans Corps is a student organization at the school for students who are veterans.
* Members of the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg lent their artistic skills to a project to assist veterans who are students at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
* Shawn Healy of the Veteran's Corps and veterans advocate at West Virginia University at Parkersburg said the group was volunteering at the club and the students made stars for the My Freedom Wish project.
Healy said the corps was formed as a place for veterans to discuss their issues as students and a mentor program for them as well.
"Our goal is to help veteran students get back into the community," he said. "One way we are helping them is with 'My Freedom Wish.'"
The project is part of an effort to help a child of a local veteran.
"We're raising funds for a veteran's child with special needs," Healy said.
"We are going to make their wish come true. With some veterans who have come back from a deployment, family is a big thing and some have not seen them for two years," he said.
" We are trying to help relieve some of the pressure on the family for them to go to a trip whether it be to a football game, a museum or an amusement park, where ever they want to go," Healy said.