Students Raise Money for Flags for Vets

November 11, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 9:25 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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November 11, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 9:25 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Students at Amherst Middle School are giving our patriotic gifts for patriotic deeds.

"We did a school wide fundraiser for 86 flags and we reached our goal," 7th Grader Christina Peckey said.

Peckey and her classmates raised more than $1600 to buy flags for Army Captain Graham Genrich and his unit currently serving in Afghanistan. Captain Genrich is also a friend of the Peckey family.

"A soldier that I know had the idea to give a flag to all the soldiers in his unit. He wants to fly the flag over Afghanistan as symbol of what they were fighting for," Peckey said.

The school presented the flags to Captain Genrich's mother who said she was honored.

"My son went to this middle school and he's impress to have them help him out. I'm overwhelmed that this flag project turned into such a community project," Karen Genrich said.

Steven Barnes just returned from serving overseas and spoke to the students. He said he knows what these flags will mean to those soldiers.

"What these kids have done is absolutely, well, it's a miracle that this kids did such a selfless act with the service they've shown," Barnes said.

Captain Genrich said his thanks through an email, which his mother read to the entire school.

The students said they even raised enough money for shipping costs....

"Once again Amherst Middle School stepped up to the plate," Principal Michael Cornell said.

Peckey said it was a team effort.

"I'm proud of my school and grateful we were able to do this for people who sacrifice their lives every day," Peckey said.

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