South Middle School sixth-grade social studies teacher Judie Vinke, from left, student Natalia Gallegos, Principal Derrick Crutchfield (a military veteran), student Alli Smith, and seventh-grade social studies teacher Sharon Saylor display cross memorials that will honor World War I veterans Lester Evans and Albert A. Banholzer. South recently held a special fundraiser to support the American Legion Cross and Flag program.

South Middle School’s sixth- and seventh-grade social studies classes recently held a fundraiser to honor Franklin County’s deceased veterans through cross-and-flag memorial packages from American Legion Post 44.

The students could wear a hat or sweat pants to class with a $1 donation to the American Legion Cross and Flag program.

The students raised enough money to provide two crosses and flags honoring World War I veterans from Franklin County who served in the United States Army in Europe.

The tributes will go to honor Lester Evans, who was killed in an accident, and Albert A. Banholzer who was a Gold Star veteran killed in action.

Commander Ray Cobb said that, on behalf of the American Legion, he would like to thank South Middle School’s students for participating in the fundraiser.

The crosses and flags will be displayed for the first time on Memorial Day in May. Part of the American Legion’s goal is to promote patriotism with youths throughout the county.

South Middle School plans to have more fundraising opportunities this spring, according to Sharon Saylor, seventh-grade social studies teacher.

Organizations and groups may also make donations to the cross and flag memorial for deceased veterans who have lived in Franklin County.

For more information, contact Cobb at 931-308-8914. Requests for the Memorial Day display need to be completed by April 30.

Sixth grade

Judie Vinke’s sixth-grade social studies class displays crosses the students helped provide from American Legion Post 44’s Flag and Cross program.

Seventh grade

 Sharon Saylor’s seventh-grade social studies class also shared in the effort.