Fifth-graders from Anthony Elementary School spent part of their school day on Monday at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Fifth-graders from Anthony Elementary School spent part of their school day on Monday at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.

The students were at the cemetery to clean headstones.

“We were talking about how to do more community service in Leavenworth,” Anthony Assistant Principal Scott Kessler said.

Kessler, who is a veteran, said cleaning the headstones was something he had thought about in the past.

“My fifth-grade teachers were excited about it,” he said.

About 60 students from three fifth-grade classes participated in the community service activity. Kessler said the students were scheduled to spend about 2.5 hours at the cemetery.

The Leavenworth National Cemetery is adjacent to the grounds of the Eisenhower VA Medical Center.

Students were using water and brushes to clean the headstones, said Pete Sardo, director of the Leavenworth National Cemetery Complex.

Sardo said cemetery personnel try to clean headstones at least once a year.

Kessler said if Monday's efforts went well, he would like for Anthony fifth-graders to visit the Leavenworth National Cemetery each year for a community service project.

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