Streetsboro -- A master's degree project for Streetsboro High School math teacher Allison Carey turned into a tribute on the district's web page for veterans who graduated from the city's high school.
"We've had a huge response," she said. "The word is traveling. Every day, I go online to see if more people have signed up."
Streetsboro High School Principal Eric Rauschkolb said he is grateful to Carey "for pouring many hours into such a worthy endeavor."
"We all owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces, and specifically to those who paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and way of life," Rauschkolb said. "I am very happy that we are able to provide recognition to the veterans who graduated from Streetsboro High School. They are true heroes."
Carey, who was working on her online master's degree in administration and supervision from American Public University, headquartered in Charles Town, W.Va., was required to do a project as an internship.
"We decided to make a wall of honor [on a web page] for our veterans," said Carey, who received input from James Hogue, assistant principal at the high school. "It is for any Streetsboro graduate who previously served or currently serves in the military. If you served, you get in. There is no other criteria."
She said a person can submit the name of someone else who fits the qualifications.
Carey said Hogue "helped me a lot with it. He encouraged me and connected me with the Streetsboro Alumni Association. After I contacted them, they put out a Facebook post for people to contact me. About 10-15 people did, so I started the website with their names, and I created a form online."
Carey said her late grandfather, John Carey, served in the U.S. Coast Guard in the Pacific theater during World War II.
"He would tell stories about serving in the war," she said. "I have tremendous respect for veterans. We have many students who go into the military. We are so proud of them for what they are doing for us. This is my way of showing that pride to them. When our students come back [from the service], I tell them to email me, so we can honor them. What they're doing is special to us in Streetsboro."
Carey first created the website in September. Although she completed her master's degree and graduated in December, she said she still wants to continue with the website.
Carey said a lot of people have thanked her, mostly through email, for what she is doing.
"I want the word to get out there, so we can get people's names on the website," she added.
To reach the website, go to www.streetsboroschools.com, find the American flag on the right-hand side and click on "Wall of Honor." To submit the name and information about a veteran, go to the upper left-hand corner of the "Wall of Honor" page and click on "Streetsboro Virtual Wall of Honor" or email Allison Carey at email@example.com.
People are asked to submit the veterans' name, year of graduation from Streetsboro High School, branch of military, years served and rank, medals or any other information that can be included on the website.
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