31 Dec '16, 3pm

Montana students share veterans' stories in new calendar

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Faith Blackaby, 13, and Jillian Wynne, 12, of Kalispell spent last summer brainstorming on a project to help the community. What the pair learned through the process affected them in a way they didn't anticipate. The pair knew they wanted to write stories, inspired by Wynne's older sister, Julia, who had written and sold the booklet "Shelter Tails" in 2015, donating all proceeds to Flathead County Animal Shelter. So far, the project has raised $1,287. "We wanted to do something different," Blackaby said. The Stillwater Christian School seventh-graders landed on an idea to feature veterans in a desktop calendar to sell with proceeds benefiting the Northwest Montana Veterans Food Pantry. Blackaby and Wynne interviewed veterans living in the Flathead and wrote stories that encapsulated the personal experiences of military life and war, and how that imp...

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