Participants in the Leadership Oswego County Youth program honored area veterans with a special appreciation picnic luncheon at Camp Hollis in Oswego.
Working with the Oswego County Veterans Agency, the students welcomed more than two dozen veterans and their guests to Camp Hollis.
The students prepared and served lunch, read letters of appreciation to the veterans for their service to their country from other area students, and gave a presentation regarding why they chose to host the picnic.
The Salute to Veterans Picnic was the highlight of this year’s Leadership Oswego County Youth class project. Each year students develop and execute a project that benefits their community.
In addition to the Salute to Veterans Picnic, the program’s class of 2014’s Salute to Veterans project consisted of four other activities.
Students developed a site map noting the location of the memorial bricks at the Fulton Veterans Memorial; compiled a directory that will alphabetically list the names of the veterans honored at the site along with their years of service, assisted in the placing of flags at the headstones of veterans buried in area cemeteries, and solicited letters of appreciation from other Oswego County students.
“The students worked very diligently on this project,” said program Coordinator and Youth Activities Coordinator with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Dawn Metott.
“While each had specific responsibilities, they truly displayed their leadership skills by working together. The Salute to Veterans luncheon was a wonderful intergenerational event,” Metott said. “The veterans truly appreciated it and the students enjoyed visiting with, and learning more about the veterans and the ways in which they served our country.”
Leadership Oswego County Youth is a program to develop skills in potential teen leaders. Based on Leadership Oswego County, an adult leadership program, the mission of LOCY to inspire and develop young adults of Oswego County to be involved and effective leaders committed to using their talents and creativity to benefit our community.
For more information of Leadership Oswego County Youth visit co.oswego.ny.us/youth/LOCY.