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Dear Cory-Rawson Community:

As I have driven and visited other communities and schools throughout our area and in my travels in other states, I have seen a lot of memorials and monuments created to honor those that are serving or have served our country to protect our freedoms.

It has been heavy on my heart for several years to create a memorial to honor those in our community that are serving or have served in one of the branches of our military.  The pandemic kind of put my thoughts and ideas on hold for a while.  It is now time to move forward.

I am currently working with several individuals to put together a permanent monument that will be located at the school where people can visit and reflect.  It will honor all the branches of the military.

As you can imagine, this will be a huge undertaking for the many people that will be involved.  My goal is that this will become an 8th grade service project to maintain the grounds as we move into the future.  Ongoing maintenance and cleaning will have to occur in order to keep the project in top condition.   This will ensure that the monument can continue to be visited and appreciated by many for years to come.

In order for this project to become reality, a lot of funding and time will be needed.  My hope is to have monetary donations as well as time volunteered to aid in the completion of the project.  As we dive deeper into the project, I will send out updates to ask for specific help.

If you have access to heavy equipment, concrete paving equipment, or possess specialized skills with construction, your volunteer time and efforts would be greatly appreciated.

Contributing to the Honor Garden

If you would like to contribute to funding of the project, there are several ways to do so.  A special funding account has been established with the treasurer at school to contain the contributions that are made.  
Major donors are being sought for the project.  Sponsorship levels include Platinum ($25,000), Gold ($10,000), Silver ($5,000), Bronze ($2,500), and friends ($1,000).  Major donors will be recognized near the memorial garden.

Families who wish to purchase brick pavers to honor loved ones may do so as well.  Bricks will be $100 each.  The name of the person being honored and the branch of the military of the person being honored will be engraved on the brick.  Information will be posted at a later date on the school website for purchasing bricks.  Updates will also be sent through the listserve or mail.

Those who wish to donate can send contributions to: 

Cory-Rawson Schools
3930 County Road 26
Rawson, Ohio 45881
Attn: David Lee

Checks should be made to: Cory-Rawson Schools

I appreciate your time and support of this project which will express continued gratitude towards those who have sacrificed their time and in some cases their lives so that we have the freedoms we do today.

A special thank you goes out to Mr. Sherer for bouncing ideas back and forth.

An additional huge thank you goes out to Travis Sands at DNC Hydraulics for making my vision become reality with the digital drawing of the project.