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Chris Bily's Charleston, Illinois Middle School students coordinated a community celebration in honor of local Veterans with support from the Rural Schools Collaborative.

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A Time for Gratitude

Charleston, Illinois

November 24, 2015

In 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that Thanksgiving should be celebrated as a national holiday on the final Thursday in November. Lincoln hoped this action would foster unity between the Northern and Southern states. Therefore, it seems only fitting that a group of middle school students from Illinois, the Land of Lincoln, should organize a community celebration honoring their community's Veterans.

Thanks to Charleston, IL Middle School teacher and project coordinator, Chris Bily, for creating and sharing this wonderful slideshow highlighting the event. We are grateful for Chris, his students, and the opportunity to support their project through our Grants in Place program. Most of all, special thanks to our Veterans, teachers, and the many others who serve America on behalf of the common good.

Enjoy and share!

The Rural Schools Collaborative is committed to supporting local and regional efforts that build and strengthen rural communities. And while the bulk of our work is assisting grassroots groups with their respective asset development endeavors, we would be honored to accept your donation in support of our Grants in Place program, which funded 35 innovative projects from 7 states in its inaugural year. Remember: Even the smallest charitable investments can have a big impact in rural communities, so please make a $5 donation to this effort! Make your online donation here.

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