As a community service, the Postal Service offers pictorial cancellations to commemorate local events celebrated in communities throughout the nation. The cancellation stamp is a specially designed stamp from the local post office and is available for 30 days, in honor of a very special event and the rubber stamp used for the special event is then destroyed. The local Postal Service working in conjunction with St. Mary’s School to raise funds for the SD World War II Memorial in Pierre offered to help St. Mary’s make their own cancellation stamp as a fund raiser. St. Mary’s School held a contest for the 7th and 8th grade students to come up with a design to be used as the cancellation stamp. Kyle Koch’s design of the state of South Dakota in a flag like design was chosen as the winner. St. Mary’s School sold special cache’ envelopes with the WWII Memorial cancellation logo on it and the new postal service 34 cent commemoration stamp called Honoring Veterans. The envelope is not only a fundraising item but a collector’s item.
In addition to this unique stamp idea, students at St. Mary’s paid $1 to wear casual clothing on the five Fridays during the month of May. Students came to school in their uniforms and if they paid the $1 they were able to change into casual clothes. The proceeds from a bake sale also contributed to the Memorial fund. The students hoped to raise $400-$500 to contribute to the Memorial. Students said it will give them pride when they go to the Memorial and know they helped make it possible by contributing money.
Amount Raised: $1000.00