WHITE CREEK, N.Y. -- On Friday, May 23, sixth grade students from Grace Christian School beautified a memorial from The War of 1812 in White Creek, NY near the Jermain Methodist Church. The memorial on the stone reads, "This stone was erected on this spot by the citizens of White Creek, N.Y., on receiving news of McDonough’s victory at Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain on September 11th 1814."
The battle was a major victory for our navy against the British. The students pulled weeds, raked out leaves and debris, mulched, and placed two American flags around the memorial. The effort was a part of the annual Serv-a-thon Fundraiser for the school; the students are sponsored as they take a day and serve their community. As the students were working, they noticed the date of 9/11. They also observed that this September marks the 200 year anniversary of the battle. In preparation for the day, the class read the book of Joshua, chapter 4 from the Bible.
They discussed the importance of stopping and remembering what God and other people have done for us in the past, both personally and as a nation. One student realized the significance of taking care of the memorial and said, "Now the people around here will see this memorial and can stop and see why it’s here."
Students from the school also took care of a private cemetery, gave baked goods to service personnel, worked at NEBC College, and visited local nursing homes.