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Cedar Grove students 'crazy' about helping military kids

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By Stephen Thomas

CEDAR GROVE - In honor of the Veterans Day holiday, Cedar Grove Elementary students let their hair down.

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Or up. Or out. Or all around. In all shapes and colors.

Students were allowed to participate in Crazy Hair Day with a $1 donation toward the Our Military Kids fund, sponsored by the Military Kids Foundation.

Our Military Kids was established to assist children of military families with funding toward participation in an extra-curricular school activity.

Cedar Grove volunteer coordinator Kym Jones learned of the program through an email from the US Army. Her husband, Sgt. Doug Jones, is currently serving in Iraq.

"This program helped our family," said Jones. "Three of our four children benefit from it."

Jones' three daughters currently participate in sports with Bullitt County Public Schools, including Destiny, a basketball player with Cedar Grove.

Middle daughter Cheyenne plays basketball and volleyball with Bernheim Middle, while the oldest, Amy, is on the Bullitt Central volleyball team.

Our Military Kids offers up to $500 per child toward financing one extra-curricular activity.

"When my husband goes away we lose a little money," said Jones. "(The Army) doesn't pay him as much there as he makes here."

Jones added that extra-curricular activities in school helps her children through tough times when they miss their father.

Sgt. Doug Jones is a 13-year US Army veteran. He previously served 15 months on a tour of duty in Iraq and is currently in his 11th month of his second tour.

Cedar Grove collected $168.75 for the Our Military Kids program.

For more information on the program visit www.ourmilitarykids.org.