A project being undertaken by a group of seniors at Tekamah-Herman High School is approaching its deadline.
The group intends to take part in Close Up, a hands-on learning environment that is designed to introduce high school seniors to the American model of government from the inside by providing interaction with government figures in Washington, D.C.
As a fundraising project, the group is selling commemorative bricks memorializing the names of veterans. They intend to use the bricks as a border around the tank on the courthouse grounds. The project also is scalable so as more bricks are sold, the border area can expand.
The bricks are on sale through Feb. 1 in order to get bricks ordered and back by April 1. The students suggest a bricks make an excellent gift.
The bricks come in two sizes: 4x8 inches and 8x8 inches. The smaller ones have four lines of type, the bigger ones have six lines. Each line can hold up to 21 characters.
Honored veterans do not have to have a Burt County tie.
The group has met with the county board twice to keep the board up to date with their progress. The students also have attended five American Legion or VFW posts around the county to help spread the word.
Group spokesman Payton Pruess said the county’s other high schools were contacted to see if Close Up groups there wanted to participate. Although neither school did this year, she said the offer remains open. Pruess added that the project will be ongoing—other classes will be able to do the same thing in the future and add to the decorative belt around the tank.
After the bricks are ordered, group will then meet with the county board again to finalize a design.
Order forms can be found at Tekamah-Herman’s school Web site: tekamah.esu2.org under “Bricks R Us” prompt. Forms also are available at the county veterans service office in the courthouse, or by calling Karin Pruess at 402-889-2099.
More information is available by contacting Tekamah-Herman High School.