Rockwood students at the Individualized Learning Center (ILC) presented handmade wooden American flags to representatives of Eureka Police and Fire departments Dec. 13.
The flags were constructed by students in wood processing class.
"One of the things the class focused on is to do something to show appreciation," said Rockwood ILC Coordinator Ayo Alfred. "It's just like our Geometry in Construction class last fall when students created the stands for the Eureka Scarecrow Festival."
Alfred said ILC teacher Tom Beckmeyer spearheaded the project.
"Mr. Beckmeyer came up with this idea and the class embraced it," said Alfred. "The Elks organization has been sponsoring the Student of the Month program with ILC, and they've recognized students who have demonstrated exemplary performance in attendance, academic achievement and behavior. Friday, they were here to talk about giving in a spirit of appreciation, so what a great time for this presentation."
Alfred said students in the ILC wood processing class are already working on another – as yet unannounced - project.
"All of this gives the ILC community a sense of being part of something bigger than ourselves," added Alfred. "Not only do we have a sense of accomplishment, but no matter where we are in life, there is always something to give. You'll be amazed at what you get back."