Valentine’s for Veterans

The Student Council gather for a group picture in the Jefferson Barracks gymnasium

With veterans making up almost 10% of the Missouri population, Brentwood student council showed their respect and support. Stuco headed out on their annual trip to Jefferson Barracks on Valentine’s to salute our nation’s finest, spread the Valentine’s spirit, and serve lunch. This annual tradition is a staple of student council’s service events. Jefferson Barracks is the oldest military installation west of the Mississippi. Active as an army base from 1826 to 1946, it now functions as a hospital and residential area for veterans. The students began the trip by handing out gifts and decorating the gymnasium. Once they were done, they served lunch and spent time with the veterans. Students helped out by wheeling disabled vets to and from their hospital rooms, exchanging stories and experiences all the way.

Stuco President and senior, Madison Lawrence said, “The field trip to Jefferson Barracks is one of my favorites of the year. Connecting with the veterans and hearing their stories and sharing ours always brightens up my Valentine’s Day.” Being able to give back and serve the Brentwood and larger Missouri community is one of the core values of the student council.