BRISTOL - The Forestville American Legion, Post 209, has partnered with St. Matthew School, helping to support its programs while the school has agreed to support Legion events.
Post 209 Commander Brian Avery said that the Forestville Legion, which is based out of Asbury United Methodist Church at 90 Church Ave., has purchased a banner which will be displayed at school events such as basketball and volleyball games. The Legion will help to sponsor extracurricular activities at the school such as its band and science programs. In turn, the school will be supporting Legion programs such as their May 15 golf tournament, their May 20 Youth Fishing Derby and the May 27 Memorial Day Parade.
“Students will be marching in the parade along with several teachers,” said Avery. “This will help to teach patriotism to the kids and will let people know that we are here.”
The banner was officially hung at the school on Thursday.
“Community involvement is what the American Legion is all about,” said Chuck Woodin, who founded Post 209 in 2014.
Avery said that Post 209 wants to become “immersed in the community.”
“We will show this not just through words but through our actions,” said Avery. “This partnership will prove to be beneficial to the both of us.”
Helen Treacy, principal at St. Matthew’s School, said that it is “wonderful” to partner with an organization like American Legion Post 209.
“They provide many opportunities like the Fishing Derby and the Memorial Day Parade that continue to support our Forestville community and, more specifically, our youth,” said Treacy. “St. Matthew School is very appreciative of the American Legion’s generosity and we look forward to many more opportunities to collaborate in the future.”
Woodin noted that, after the Memorial Day parade was cancelled the past two years due to rain, a rain date has been set this year. The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, at 2 p.m. But, in the event of rain, it will be held Monday May 28 instead.
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