Wreaths Across America Launches its Youth Service Project for 2023

On your mark, get set, GO! The 2023 Wreaths Across America Youth Service Project is ready!

Wreaths Across America's mission to remember, honor, and teach is a year-long endeavor that culminates with veterans’ wreath-laying ceremonies in December. Throughout the year, the TEACH initiative provides educational opportunities for people nationwide to engage with veterans in their communities.

In 2022 generous supporters made it possible for Wreaths Across America to launch a K-12 curriculum that is aligned with the National Council on Social Studies and state Common Core standards. The free, downloadable lesson plans ensure stories of service, sacrifice and valor are passed down to future generations while building good character and self-worth through service to others.

Wreaths Across America also launched its first Youth Service Project in 2022, where students participated in an oral history project interviewing veterans. The contest winner, randomly selected from among the participants, was recently selected and will be publicly acknowledged at the July annual Stem to Stone event.

 The Serve and Succeed project for 2023 encourages young people to develop, organize, and execute a community service project to improve the lives of veterans or others in their local community. Young people of all ages and grade levels can participate!

Teachers, parents, and family members are encouraged to participate-the younger the child, the more guidance they will need from the adults in their lives who can model what service and success looks like. The service project needs to be completed by Veterans Day, November 11, 2023.

By participating in, and successfully completing the Serve and Succeed project of their choosing, students will receive a certificate of community service award and commemorative bracelet from Wreaths Across America. Each participant will be entered into a random drawing for the opportunity to visit the National Wreaths Across America Museum, Gold Star History and Hospitality House and the tip land monuments where replica dog tags from thousands of service men and women are hung in remembrance.

Got questions? Great! Contact Wreaths Across America’s Education Liaison and Curriculum developer Cindy Tatum here: teach@wreathsacrossamerica.org