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Landmark Students Volunteer at Vettes to Vets

Monday, October 1, 2018

vettes to vets landmark school studentsMore than a dozen Landmark High School students volunteered at the 15th Annual Vettes to Vets Day on September 30 to support veterans at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Mass.

The task was different than in years past. Instead of working directly with the veterans, students processed thousands of donated items for the hospital before they were loaded onto the truck for delivery. Landmark Chaplain Bill Ferguson and teacher Danielle Phillips joined the students on the trip.

"It’s always grounding to interface with those who have served our country. It keeps things in perspective that these people put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf," said Ferguson. "One can’t help but feel a sense of indebtedness. The kids, our amazing, cheerful, willing-to-help-out kids: they were awesome as usual."

Program Has Raised Nearly $500,000 for Veterans

The Corvette parade has grown from 25 cars in 2003 to more than 680 vehicles in 2018. Since Vettes to Vets began in 2003, more than $480,000 has been raised in monetary and non-monetary donations. Funds have been used to rebuild the hospital’s greenhouse, maintain an education center for veterans with free Internet and computer training, build a new hospice unit, and purchase a wheelchair van for recreational outings for patients.