-Service-Learning Project touches hearts- Recently, in the Creekwood Middle School library, a group of students gathered around their special guest speaker. Silence filled the room, while all eyes and ears took in every word that was tenderly and gracefully spoken from the heart of a mother who had lost her son in the war in Iraq. On Oct. 20, Sheila Yepsem related the life story of her son, Luke, to the attentive CMS students. She said Luke grew up in Kingwood and gave his life for his country in 2006. The proud U.S. Marine was shot by a sniper while serving in Iraq. She shared precious photos and told them how much Luke loved what he was doing. (For more information about Luke Yepsem and his experience, vist www.chron.com/news/lettersfromiraq/yepsen.html). “He had a passion for life, service and community – he loved Kingwood,” Yepsem said. The core of her message for the students was to follow their dreams and live their lives with passion, no matter what career or road they choose to travel. Each year, CMS embarks on service-learning projects that impact not only the students but the community as well. In previous years they led a district-wide effort to restore the WWI memorial in Washington, D.C. This year, they are focused on honoring all veterans, as well as raising funds for the WWI memorial restoration project. They hope to see a patriotic presence around their school and surrounding neighborhoods this Veteran’s Day. Here are a few ways CMS is working to help get the word out: Encourage the community to display flags. Include their concert flyer with the flyer for Flags Across Kingwood, a project of the Kingwood Rotary. A Patriotic Concert on Nov. 6 at the Woodridge Baptist Church in Kingwood at 7 p.m. The Kingwood Rotary will display the outdoor flags from their Flags Across Kingwood project, the KHS ROTC will present the colors, and Wreaths Across America will have a table of their literature. They hope to fill 1,000 seats for this event. Guest performance by the Houston Tidelanders, CMS, KMS and RMS choirs, CMS orchestra, brass ensemble, theatre and art students. Emcee Sonia Azad, KTRK Houston, with special speakers. Ticket/donations of $5, with proceeds (after expenses) going to Wounded Warriors and the WWI Memorial Foundation. Veteran’s Day cards mailout, thanks to Anna Shepeard. Veteran’s Day/Week at CMS will include videos and a patriotic door decorating contest. A permanent Veterans Memorial on CMS grounds is being researched and planned by Terra Farmer and her group of teachers and students to honor veterans in the Kingwood Community. DON'T MISS: Patriotic Concert – Creekwood presents a night of patriotic music honoring veterans on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 pm, at Woodridge Baptist Church, 5707 Kingwood Drive, featuring the Houston Tidelanders, CMS, KMS and RMS choirs and CMS student talent, along with Emcee Sonia Azad, KTRK Houston, with special speakers. $5 donations will benefit the WWI Memorial Foundation and Wounded Warriors. PHOTO: The 2010 Creekwood Colts Service-Learning Project honoring veterans included a visit from Sheila Yepsem, mother of U.S. Marine Luke Yepsem, who lost his life serving in Iraq. Photo by Trilla Cook

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