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Students Donate $20,000 to Help Build Pentagon Memorial

Article - Sunday, April 29, 2007


Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service
Source: US Department of Defense 

Blackanthem Military News, WASHINGTON, D.C. – About 120 fourth- and fifth-grade students and their chaperones representing J.W. Alvey Elementary School in Haymarket, Va., presented a check for $20,000 to the Pentagon Memorial Fund today during a ceremony at the Pentagon. 

The donation is a result of the school's third annual service project, a walk-a-thon focusing on service, Candace Rotruck, the school's principal, said. The past two years, beneficiaries of the fundraiser were tsunami victims in Southeast Asia and victims of Hurricane Katrina. 

"We wanted to continue (the fundraisers), so this year we have dedicated our fundraiser to the Pentagon Memorial Fund, and our focus has been on service," Rotruck said, adding that the notion includes service to the school, service to the community and service to the country.

That focus led to the motto for this year's fundraiser: "Remember yesterday, Build tomorrow." 

"So to help remember yesterday and build tomorrow, and as part of our service to our community and our country, we are here to present you with a check for $20,000," she said as she handed the donation to Jim Laychak, president and chairman of the Pentagon Memorial Fund's board of directors. 

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