MAY 23, 2014. HKM Direct Market Communications, a full-service provider of digital and lithographic printing, located in the Gordon Square area in Cleveland, partnered with New Tech West High School, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, located at 4600 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland to salute veterans this Memorial Day weekend.
Bioart teacher Jayne Sylvester’s student advisory group created an idea to show visual support of the troops this Memorial Day weekend. The students, teachers and principal, Erin Frew, were very excited about this project. The concept was to create a display of flags to honor and salute all those who served our country and to create a visual representation of what that means to high school students today. The students created a design for the flags located on 5501 Cass Avenue located on the HKM hill adjacent to the Shoreway. Approximately 20 students from the school participated in this activity creating a visual display for all those who drive the Shoreway, east and westbound in Cleveland.
The students put up the flags on Friday, May 23, and many of the flags carry personalized messages from the students and their families acknowledging those who came before us and served our country. “The project became real for the students when they were able to write their family member’s name on the flags. It started a conversation about what it means to serve,” said Sylvester.
The more than 500 flags were donated by HKM to support the high school students’ efforts. Rob Durham, HKM’s president, stated, “It’s such a great way to collaborate with the community and create something that so many people can see as they drive by this area. More importantly, the students learned something about Memorial Day.”
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