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St. James students receive DAR Awards

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St. James fourth-graders, Therese Goebel, Abby Phillips and Nora Stoutner explain how they came up with the idea for their banner about the Lunar Landing in 1969.
Submitted photo St. James fourth-graders, Therese Goebel, Abby Phillips and Nora Stoutner explain how they came up with the idea for their banner about the Lunar Landing in 1969.
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July 20, 1969, stands in history as the first day that a human stepped onto the moon.

To help commemorate this important part of American History, Ms. Baumert’s fourth-grade class at St. James School participated in various art contests sponsored by Washington Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.

Several students submitted winning art creations in different categories, all relating to the Lunar Landing.

Sarah Berdo and Chloe Twaddle each won with their poster and stamp entries. The entry in the banner category created by Therese Goebel, Abby Phillips and Nora Stoutner also won first place.

All of the entries advanced to the state level where they were all named winners and advanced to the national level.

The winning entries will be on display at the Iowa Conference Daughters of the American Revolution April 25-27, 2019, in Ames.

In July, to help commemorate this history, the entries will be displayed at the Washington Free Public Library.

All of the winners were recognized at a school assembly on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Each winner received certificates, a Life Publication about Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon, the official Apollo 11 commemorative pin and a wrist band.

The Junior American Citizens, as part of the DAR, provides educational opportunities for children across the United States. This year’s theme is all about the Apollo program and the people who made it happen. The students were introduced to this subject by members of the Washington Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. With the support of their teacher and parents, participating students came up with clever and informative ways to complete their projects.

The Washington Chapter DAR is honored to be invited into the classroom to help teach about the history of our nation. For more information, contact Jeri Klein, (319) 330-6010 or jerilynmklein@gmail.com.