An ongoing effort to honor active service members at Canton Middle School came full circle Tuesday morning when Marine Capt. Jennifer Dymicki presented the student council with a flag that flew over Camp Dwyer in southern Afghanistan.
From September of 2011 to April 2012, Dymicki was stationed in Afghanistan with CLB-1, a logistics battalion that provided support to other units throughout the country.
Continuing a six-year tradition at Canton Middle School for Veterans Day 2011, several advisories picked Dymicki, then a lieutenant, as the recipient of care packages, notes and banners.
From her base Dymicki, a 2002 Canton High School graduate, was able to do what she did as an operations officer — help ensure that some of those supplies got out to the bases where they were needed most.
Last winter she wrote a note to the school that said, in part:
“While all the gifts and products were wonderful the best part has been all the letters, cards and the banners the students and staff have sent. I am absolutely touched by the support that the students, teachers, and community have extended towards myself and my Marines - we are so lucky to have people like you at home to make being away from friends and family during the holidays a bit easier. “
On Tuesday morning, Dymicki came to the school and during a brief ceremony thanked the students, told them they helped a lot of people and presented the student council with a flag that flew over her base on March 1, 2012.
“This is just a very little that I can do for you,” she said.
She again told the students how much the support means and despite the facts that some marines and soldiers have come home there are still plenty that could use it.
She also told the students that caring teachers in Canton helped her succeed.
“Give them a lot of credit,” she said. “They’re doing really well and put me where I am.”
In addition Dymicki, now company commander for CLR-1 at Camp Pendleton, Calif., presented Marine challenge coins to principal Joe Scheideler and 8th grade science teacher and advisory leader Cheryl Adams, who went above and beyond with the effort, even making ornaments for some of the Marines.
“I never thought she would honor me with a coin,” Adams said. "It was fun packing up the stuff for her."
Scheideler said it was also an honor to see a former student who went on to serve her country.
“It goes without saying that we’re proud of you,” Scheideler said.