EBENSBURG – Central Cambria School District officials are looking for the community’s help in compiling information on alumni who served in the military for the installation of a veterans display at the high school.
During a regular school board meeting Monday night, committee members working on that project provided an update and encouraged the public to fill out a form on the district’s website seeking information about Central Cambria alumni who served in the military.
That form, located at www.cencam.org, can be filled out by Central Cambria veterans or their family members, noted Ken Krott, district technology director and member of the veteran’s project committee.
Joe Strittmatter, middle school principal and another member of the committee, was a history teacher with the district and remembers assigning students a project in which they had to interview veterans and hear their stories.
“We’re trying to preserve as much local history as possible,” Strittmatter said.
Members of the project’s committee, which also includes teacher Jesse Hildebrand and instructional coach Dane Domonkos, plan to distribute forms to local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts in search of veterans who attended Ebensburg-Cambria High School from 1929-1956 and Central Cambria High School from 1957 to present.
District officials are looking for information about alumni veterans’ graduation year or last year of attendance, branch of military, and those who were killed or missing in action.
Krott and Strittmatter said having this information on Central Cambria veterans could allow them to be contacted in the future to become guest speakers for history classes or other special projects.
School board President Dennis Simmer pointed out there are multiple avenues for students to get involved with the project and see it through to completion.
“We, as a board, could not be more humbled by this effort,” added school board member Patricia Allbaugh.