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Sandwich SS Students Aid in Cemetery Clean-up

students cleaning cemetary with headstones in the foreground.jpgMore than 2 centuries of our region's history lies in the St. John's Anglican Church cemetery at the corner of Brock and Sandwich streets in Windsor.  Recently a group of students from Sandwich Secondary School offered some of their own time to help clean up and restore the historic grounds.

students fixing old grave stone.jpgLed by Social Studies teachers Scott Wear and Daniel Milne, the students provided some labour and in return received a lesson in history and civics from Peter Berry and M.Cpl. Hunter Kersey from the Windsor Regiment. . Mr. Berry is the Harbourmaster of the Port of Windsor and has initiated the community campaign to revive the weary graveyard.

Many of Windsor and Sandwich Towne's founding families are interred in the St. John's cemetery along with at least 80 veterans of conflicts dating back to the American Revolution and the War of 1812. In a letter of thanks to the school, M.Cpl. Hunter says he "felt honoured that the students did all that work and actually listened to his words. They made the day for a couple of old veterans."

Mr. Wear says this is a partnership that the school hopes to continue.