During Veteran’s Day week at SDM, students learned about the sacrifices made by those who serve in our military forces. One of our teachers at SDM has a great understanding of that sacrifice, and she shared it with students in Mrs. Williamson’s fourth grade classes. Mrs. Anne Clendinen, a resource teacher at SDM, has a son-in-law, Private First Class Ian Edge, who served as a front line medic in Afghanistan and was injured there in June. She presented a slideshow with her personal narration outlining the events in his life that led him to this point. Dedication, perseverance, and the importance of a positive outlook were the theme of the presentation.
On the last day of school prior to the Christmas holidays, Private Edge and his wife, Mary Beth, made a special visit to Mrs. Williamson’s classroom. His appearance was very impressive as he had taken the time to dress in his military uniform. Students had the opportunity to question him about his time in Afghanistan and about his injury. He patiently listened to each and gave very insightful responses. Private Edge also brought two medals, the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, awarded to him during his military service to share with the students. The Army Combat Medic Badge was also awarded to Private Edge. He completed his visit by explaining to the students that choices along the way will have an impact upon their lives, and that the power of remaining positive will be necessary to get through the tough times.
We were honored to have Private Edge and his wife take the time to make an appearance at SDM. We are grateful for his service to our country and wish him all the best as he continues his recovery.