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Plum student club seeks to honor fallen military members with memorial stones

November 10, 2018

A Plum School District student organization seeks to honor military personnel who were students and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Oblock Junior High’s REACH OUT Club will recognize the fallen men and women by placing their names on dedication stones in the school’s Mustang Memorial Park.

Club sponsor Ron Sakolsky said the park serves as a place of remembrance of those who have “touched our Oblock family.”

“We want to do something to add to the memorial park, so the 2018-19 class will commemorate soldiers,” he said. “The kids did a really nice job sprucing this thing up.”

He said the club has received three names so far.

Anyone who would like to add a stone or marker to the park should email sakolskyr@pbsd.net.

There’s no cost to military families for the stones, and no deadline to submit information.

However, Sakolsky said he would like to organize a ceremony in April or May with the Plum High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC program to formally place the stones and install an American Flag.

The park was dedicated last school year in memory of teacher Susan Clancy-Pinal and eighth-grader Donald Giles.

According to their obituaries, Pinal was a graduate of Westminster College and pursued a master’s in English education at Duquesne University and a master’s of library science from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a Plum teacher and school librarian. She died May 30, 2013 at age 36.

Donald was an active member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. He loved dirt bikes, working with heavy equipment and fishing. He died Aug. 9, 2000 at age 13.

The club is not funded by the district. It survives on donations.

People can contribute via gofundme.com/plum-borough-reach-out-fund .

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