Shine a green light for veterans

Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Emma Hatem (left) and Olivia Rinesmith promote London High School FFA’s “Green Light Initiative,” designed to show support to veterans.

(Posted Nov. 10, 2017)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

London High School’s FFA chapter is encouraging area businesses and residents to go green for veterans.

The chapter’s 95 members are asking residents and business owners to outfit their outdoor lights with green bulbs in honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and to leave the bulbs on through Nov. 15.

“On Nov. 15, we will fly a drone over London during our monthly chapter meeting,” said senior Emma Hatem.

“We hope to see that the majority of the community is lit up with green lights,” said senior Olivia Rinesmith.

Hatem and Rinesmith, along with junior Lexi Daily, are spearheading this first-time effort for the chapter.

“We’ve never done anything like this before. We want to show veterans we support them for going and protecting us,” Rinesmith said. “We just think it’s the right thing to do.”

To get the word out, students are circulating information to London businesses. They are carrying with them a promotional poster and encouraging participants to take selfies with the poster to then post on social media. As a thank-you, students are giving participating businesses a London FFA Green Light Initiative window sticker.

The students also are creating an informational video to play at school for their fellow students and talking to friends, family and neighbors about the initiative. For anyone who wants to take part, they suggest shopping at hardware and department stores for green bulbs.

“This is a new kind of community service project for us,” said Dana Snyder, FFA advisor. “It goes along with the last line of our motto.”

The FFA motto is: “Learning to do, Doing to learn, Earning to live, Living to serve.”

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