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Bement Fifth Grader Donates Project to Bement American Legion

Korbyn Corum standing next to his U.S. Flag Retirement Drop Box that he designed and built. The box is located at the Bement American Legion.

By JODY SHONKWILER
Staff Writer

Ten-year-old Korbyn Corum has been honing his woodworking skills for the last three years as a member of the Prairie Kids 4-H Club out of Monticello.

His first year in 4-H, at age 8, he made a wooden toolbox. The next year, his project was a sled, like the ones used by football players. When asked what interests Korbyn had, he did hesitate to say football.

Like most kids his age, video games are also a favorite pastime. He stated that Math was his favorite subject in school (after lunch).

When it came time for his woodworking project for this year, he strived to top his first two projects.

Korbyn’s father saw a Facebook post about the Cerro Gordo Legion having a box for worn flags, so he asked Korbyn if he wanted to try something like that for his project. With the help of his father Chad, Korbyn went to work to build the flag box. Once finished, it was painted red, white, and blue.

Mr. Salefski, Bement’s Industrial Technology Teacher, helped Korbyn make the wooden plaques for the front and top of the box.

His project won him the Grand Champion ribbon at the Piatt County Fair in June. He competed with other kids from Piatt, Macon, and Dewitt counties.

Korbyn donated the flag box to the Bement American Legion and it sits right inside the door. It is a wonderful addition to the club room.

Korbyn has had several family members who served in the military during WWI, WWII, & the Korean War. His great-great uncle was commander of the Bement American Legion.

Over homecoming weekend, a Bement Alumni, who resides in Indiana saw the flag box and was so impressed with it, he asked if Korbyn would be willing to make one for his local legion.

Korbyn may have a future in woodworking thanks to his involvement with 4-H.

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