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Waverly-Shell Rock students use 9/11 anniversary as day of service

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WAVERLY (KWWL) - On a day that marks 12 years since the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and rural Pennsylvania, dozens of Waverly-Shell Rock students made it a day to give back to their community.

Although most of them were babies when the terrorist attacks shocked the country, they understand the tragedy behind September 11th, 2001.

"We decided to make it a happier day so we decided to show our patriotism by coming out here to help," said Libby Dix, a 7th-grade student at Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School.

Dix and about a third of the 7th- and 8th-grade students spent Wednesday scouring cemeteries in Bremer County.

With an iPad and GPS, the students set out to record coordinates of grave sites of veterans buried at Harlington Cemetery and the abandoned town line cemetery in Warren Township.

The information will be used to help the Bremer County Veterans Affairs with an online database.

"It's a little complicated just to try to find the gravestone that you need," said Luke Velky, a 7th-grade student at Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School.

"We had read about and heard about a push to make it a national day of service, and so we wanted to give back to the community and make this a day of good rather than a day of bad," said Waverly-Shell Rock teacher Miranda Haugan.

Information compiled by the students and volunteers will be accessible to everyone in the world once the project is complete. The goal is to help family members and researchers find headstones of all veterans buried in Bremer County.
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