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Eastwood students to raise money for the next Honor Flight

Students at Eastwood Elementary School have taken on a special project to raise money to help send a local World War II veteran on the next Northern Valley Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. scheduled in April.

  Every year during "Kindness Week," classes at Eastwood pick a project to help someone in the community. This year's project has been extended an extra week to allow students more time to collect money for the extra special cause.

  In a school assembly on Monday, authentic World War II army helmets were presented to each classroom. The helmets will be used to collect monetary donations, as the students compete to see which class can raise the most money.

  Junior ROTC cadets from West Fargo High School presented the flags during the kick-off ceremony.

Joan Houdek, a counselor who helped coordinate the project, said students are also creating a Wall of Honor in the teachers' lounge, with paper "bricks" for sale for $5, and celebrating special theme days during Kindness Week. For fifty cents, students can wear a hat on Hat Day, slippers on Slippers Day, or wear their clothing inside out on Inside Out and Backwards Day.