Eighth Grade Students and Faculty Host Annual March to the Memorials

University School of Milwaukee 8th grade students and faculty hosted the ninth annual March to the Memorials, a service-learning event that was open to the entire USM community, on Friday, May 22. The event is usually held in the Middle School car circle; however, this year, due to COVID-19, it was held virtually.

The event kicked off at 3 p.m., when students and families were invited to join one of four Google Meet rooms to hear an overview of March to the Memorials from student monitors, and listen to the national anthem performed virtually by 8th grade students. Everyone was then encouraged to head outside and march for as long as they wanted, while taking photos to monitor their progress. Participants then uploaded their photos and total miles walked to a website, where they were also able to make a donation to Stars and Stripes Honor Flights.

As a community, participants marched more than 800 miles—enough to cover the distance from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C.—and raised more than $4,000 for Stars and Stripes Honor Flights.

Many thanks to Chuck Taft, 8th grade American studies history teacher and Middle School Social Studies department chair, and the many others who helped organize and coordinate the event. We are proud to honor our men and women in uniform—past and present.
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