Faircrest Memorial Middle School
Faircrest Memorial Middle School was named in honor of the nine Canton Local students who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. These students are: Sharon Lane (the first woman who died under enemy fire in Vietnam), Larry Rogers, Billy Greavu, Fred Penland, David Brooks (the last and only Stark Countian who died in Vietnam in 1972), Leonard Schoeppner (MIA), William Masters, Benjamin Stoffer II and Frank Sills. Pictured below.
During the 1990/91 school year students in Valerie Kinney and Barb Weaver’s Multi-handicapped class made and sold patriotic buttons to buy supplies for the troops in Desert Storm. Their efforts brought in $1,100.00, however, the war ended abruptly and it was decided that the money would be used to host a Veterans Day celebration on November 11, 1991.
As part of this program, The Freedom Shrine (donated by the Canton Exchange Club) which hangs in the main entryway of Faircrest was presented and dedicated. The Freedom Shrine is an impressive display of a collection of historical document replicas that serves to remind all of us of the great efforts that have been taken to ensure our freedom.
This would not be the last Veterans Day celebration held at Faircrest. From 1995 to present, Valerie Kinney and Annette Davis along with Faircrest staff and students have honored veterans with a celebration.
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