Honoring our Veterans and our Environment
Teaching service to their country, and their high school students
This Veterans Day, The Goodwill Excel Center Vice President of Education Matthew Williams, along with James Yontz, English Teacher, and Ana Perez, Geometry Teacher, kicked off a cleanup and reclamation project at a local Vietnam Memorial - the clock tower amphitheater located across the street from Goodwill Central Texas headquarters.
Excel Center high school students and staff, along with volunteers from the Young Men’s Service League, worked all morning removing weeds, picking up garbage, and planting native grasses and flowers.
Matt remarked, “We are excited to start our yearlong effort on Veteran’s Day as a way to pay tribute to all of the men and women who have served our country. Our purpose is twofold. First, we want to honor our Vietnam veterans by cleaning up this Memorial and make good on the promise ‘you will not be forgotten.’ Our second is to give Goodwill Community Center and The Goodwill Excel Center an outdoor auditorium, a lab for environmental science, a space for writing and reflection, and a nice place to eat lunch or have an outdoor meeting.”
Following the morning cleanup, a school-wide assembly was held, and the audience was treated to patriotic performance from the Medallion Quartet. The attendees then paid tribute to the men and women who have served our country, and school officials discussed expansion plans for the space and were served light refreshments.
Both Matthew and James are family members of veterans. Coming from this background of people who have served their country, both men have chosen a path of service through educating our community.
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