The Patriotic Education Travel Program at the College of the Ozarks was established in 2009 as a way of pairing students up with World War II veterans who then travel to the battlefields where they once fought.  In addition to giving the younger generation an opportunity to connect with a hero, the program’s objective is to also reinforce one of the five goals of the College which is patriotic education.

Participating students return to school with a newfound respect for the veterans as well as a love for travel and their country.  Destinations visited by past alumni include England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and, and Germany to visit sites from D-Day, as well as Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and Tokyo.  The Patriotic Education Travel Program is funded by College of the Ozarks as well as generous donors which means that students are free to focus on their studies instead of worrying about fundraising.

All About Coins contacted by the College with a request for custom challenge coins for this highly beneficial program.  The mementos serve as a reminder as to why they are in the program.  Working with veterans means the custom challenge coins are very relevant and makes sure the participants are shown appreciation.  Since World War I, challenge coins have been used to honor heroic efforts.

Custom challenge coins in this particular setting promote the program by encouraging donation and participation.  Anyone wishing to make a donation on behalf of the students and veterans involved can see their money being put to good use.  A special Q & A session or banquet can be scheduled upon arrival of the students following their trip.  This allows donors the opportunity to visit with participants and ask them details about their trip.

The small tokens of appreciation become cherished keepsakes for students because they are rich with symbolism and personal meaning.  Not everyone gets to participate in a program like The Patriotic Education Travel Program which makes the honor that much more special.  When presented in a velvet box or acrylic case, custom coins are perceived to be extremely valuable.

See for yourself what we can do for your college’s special travel program.  Visit today to request a free quote.  We can also answer any questions you might have about designing and ordering custom coins for your students.  You can contact us by emailing or calling 1-866-604-9462 toll-free.  A helpful sales professional can convey your idea or concept to our graphics team who will in return create a full color digital proof for you to look over free of charge.