DEVON, Pa. (CBS) – A Chester County prep school teamed up with a neighboring retirement community to give students a crash course in what it means to serve one’s country.
Sue Seanor is the Director of Community Relations at Devon Senior Living on North Valley Forge Road. She says her senior community is home to a dozen veteran residents with stories to share.
“My thought was to find someone to put those stories on paper so that the families and other residents know what these people went through when they served in the war.”
She says she used Veteran’s Day as an opportunity to reach out to Devon Prep, a school located right next door. Seanor invited students to come over and interview the veteran residents.
“They turned their interviews into stories and we, in turn, turned their stories into books.”
Sixth-grader Paris Shusterfallou (pictured, left) interviewd 86-year-old Atha Baugh (pictured, right). He was one of the first African-American fighter pilots, known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
“He was pretty great for his time,” said Shusterfallou. “He did a lot of things some people couldn’t have done.”
Baugh says he loved his time, flying during World War II.
“That was part of the shaping of my adult life. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.”
Other notable residents include Ferruccio “Fred” Ciccotelli, 87. He served in the Italian army at age 17, then, when he moved to the US at age 23, was drafted into the American army as well.
The book of stories was presented to the residents and their families as part of a Veteran’s Day celebration.
Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio 1060