Goshen News, Goshen, IN

May 17, 2013

Cheek honored for at annual ‘Celebrate America’ meeting

By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL
THE GOSHEN NEWS

— GOSHEN — Chuck Cheek was honored for his volunteer training efforts and involvement with the education program of Celebrate America Thursday.

Celebrate America held its annual kick-off meeting at First Baptist Church in Goshen.

Cheek told the audience that the patriotism education program goes into the Goshen Middle School and has eighth-grade students do projects about patriotism. They also have a program for fourth-grade students.

“All the students do a project and then we select the top 15 or 20 students with the best projects. Then the top five are given a $500 scholarship for a trip to Washington D.C. this summer,” Cheek said. “We want them to understand what it means to be an American. Someone paid the price so we can enjoy (freedom) now. That’s what the education program promotes to students.”

Celebrate America hosts a fireworks display and a patriotic program the Sunday closest to the 4th of July, President Gregg Lanzen said.

This year it will be July 7 at Black Squirrel Golf Club in Goshen in the evening, weather permitting. Two musical groups will perform during the evening, Exalt Brass and Gold City, Lanzen added.

“Celebrate America is much more than fireworks, which is the icing on the cake,” Lanzen said. “We celebrate with a party but rest of the year we are busy overseeing different parts of Celebrate America with the education program and the veterans program.”

The group is beginning a new partnership with North Central Indiana Teen Challenge in Elkhart to help local veterans who need help around their homes with teens in the program who can provide the manpower and skill. Celebrate America will provide funds to help make it happen, Lanzen said.

Celebrate America is always looking for donations, he added.