Students honor veterans with art

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marshall seventh grader Angela Pastirchak adds antlers to her reindeer Wednesday during art class. Suzan Lundy’s art classes made Christmas decorations for veterans at the Veterans Clinic.

Liliana Castillo

Marshall Middle School students are using art to honor veterans during the holidays.

Marshall art teacher Suzan Lundy’s art classes made Christmas ornaments and paper holly for the Veterans Affairs Clinic.

“We wanted to give back to the community in some way,” she said. “Some of the traditional charities are overwhelmed with stuff during the holidays so we went with something different.”

Lundy said veterans don’t get as much recognition as they should and projects like this one help youth realize what veterans have done for them. The decorations will be used to decorate the VA clinic waiting room and offices.

“We want to make them smile,” she said.

Seventh grader Angela Pastirchak, 12, made a reindeer.

“It was fun to give back and make them feel happy during Christmas time,” Pastirchak said. “They risked their lives for us so we should give back to them and make them happy.”

Seventh grader Ashanay Spillman said it’s important to show appreciation for veterans.

“And the people who gave their lives for our freedom,” she said.

Lundy said she wants the students to learn to appreciate what they have.

“We learn to take care of each other. This helps us remember other things people have done for you,” Lundy said.

Lundy talks with her classes about veterans as they make the decorations.

“We talk about what they’ve given so they can have what they have,” she said.

Seventh grader Angelo Lopez, 13, said he enjoyed making the ornaments for veterans.

“It’s pretty cool to make ornaments for veterans. They suffered for our country,” he said.

Seventh grader Kyle Davis, 13, said it simply.

“They deserve it.”