Elementary schools participate in contest
Channeling the symbolism of Flanders Field poppies, kindergarten students of the New London School District, along with K and first grades at Emanuel Lutheran School, created poppy artwork in time for Memorial Day.
The students were participating in a contest sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary 263 in remembrance of all military personnel lost in battle.
Around 180 students received an educational American Legion Geography booklet just for participating. The top three in each class were awarded certificates along with Jefferson $2 bills and Susan B. Anthony dollars.
Sugar Bush — Mrs. Bressler: First-Marissa Lopez, Second-Maren Golla, and Third-Lane Huey.
Lincoln — Mrs. Winkler: First-Kennadi Richardson, Second-Eviana Dachelet, and Third-Jayden Hernandez.
Lincoln — Mrs. Herzfeldt-First-Cooper Bessette, Second-Johanna Buckarma, and Third-Trae Young-Procknow.
Parkview — Mrs. Cardinal: First-Audrey Butkovich, Second-Ashlyn Green, and Third Kaden Hillman.
Parkview — Ms. Larson: First-Katelyn Roland, Second-Wyatt Romberg, and Third-Angelica Ceja.
Parkview — Mrs. Pelot: First-Claire Kedinger, Second-Ariana Samp, and Third Ryan Dougherty.
Readfield — Mrs. Flannery: First-Laine Fiane, Second-Ruby McCartney, and Third-Evan Barley.
Emanuel Lutheran — Mrs. Koehler (Kindergarten): First-Jude Sell, Second-Tyler Van Camp, and Third-Cory Brooker.
Emanuel Lutheran — Mrs. Jandron (1st grade): First-Madalyn Roehl, Second-Aleaha Loberg, and Third-Hannah Schabo.
New London School District Administrator Kathleen Gwidt, assistant Jill Willner, art teachers Sally Teasdale and Tricia Evers, along with Emanuel Lutheran School Principal Matthew Foley, K and first grade teachers provided their support and coordination of the contest.
In a separate effort, fifth graders at New London Intermediate School recently participated in the American Legion Auxiliary 263’s annual poppy poster contest by creating digital posters.
Under the guidance of Instructional Resource Coach and Integrated Technology instructor, Donna Young, students created posters showcasing images of American patriotism and the military. All posters had to include the name of the organization, its emblem, and the poppy symbol.
The top ten posters will be displayed at local businesses in New London.
Three winning posters were chosen and the students received cash awards. First place went to Halia Knapp, second place went to Chasen Pfefferle and third place to Maddie Kloehn. Seven additional posters were awarded honorable mentions.
The poppies of Flanders Field have been a universal symbol of remembrance since World War I and is the focal point of many year-round activities of the American Legion Auxiliary in New London.