Students contact businesses after learning about vets in community missing something important

January 26, 2018 4:32 pm Last Updated: January 26, 2018 4:43 pm

A group of middle and high school students from Springdale, Arkansas, have come up with a unique way to honor and show their support for the veterans who live in their community.

With the help of local businesses, the students have created parking spots specifically for veterans.

Students came up with a simple way to show their support for their local veterans.

Rebecca Gillespie, a seventh-grader in the Springdale School District, said she and her classmates began mapping out where the veterans in their area lived.

From there they got the idea to print specially marked signs to designate a veterans only parking spot.

They went to a children’s museum for help with the stencils and then got to work.

One of the first places to receive a special veterans-only parking spot is a local flea market, whose owner, Debbie Eden, knows just how important it is to recognize veterans.

“They go out, we all know, they go out on a regular basis and protect us,” Eden told KFSM. “I have a son-in-law who is active Air Force, a grandson who just finished basic training in the Air Force, so it has a personal touch to us as well.”

The students hope to expand their project.

The students, who hope to expand their project to include more of northwest Arkansas, shared that in addition to helping veterans in the community they have also learned valuable life skills.

“I’ve also had the opportunity to go out into our community and talk with community partners and leaders about what we can do to do more for veterans,” Makayla Hamilton, a senior at the high school said.

Those who wish to display either a sign or paint a parking spot for veterans can contact the students’ group online.