There are so many ways to craft and DIY and it allows people of all ages to open their minds and use their brains creatively to create something by hand. We, at the Sentinel, would like to invite our readers to take part in a monthly themed crafting project that will be posted in the paper and then share your completed masterpieces with us to be displayed in the paper to possibly inspire others to start crafting and get involved. You can start with new materials to create your craft or even upcycle with materials you have around the house.

Every month there will be a new craft theme to follow with photos of ideas you could base your craft/project off of- or you could create your own craft and be completely unique! Then you will have two weeks to complete your project and submit a photo of it to the paper by either mail, email, or dropping it off at the office (see below for addresses) to have it displayed and showed off in the following week’s paper. There is no age limit- we encourage everyone of all ages to get involved, whether individually, get the children or grandparents involved, or do a family craft/project. We are very much looking forward to seeing the beautiful, unique, and interesting projects that are created from our readers and community.

This is the second month that The Sentinel will be encouraging our readers to take part in this project. For the month of September, have your craft submitted to the paper by Sept. 20. It will then be displayed in the Sept. 22 edition of The Sentinel. If you would like to be in the photo with your craft, we welcome that as well- we like to see who’s behind the masterpiece! If we get enough submissions for this month’s event, look in the Sept. 29 edition of The Sentinel for the following month’s crafting theme.


The month of September can be considered quite the patriotic month- did you know that there are ‘five’ patriotic holidays, or days, just in the month of September? Due to all of these patriotic days, this month’s theme is to create a patriotic craft or project to decorate either inside or outside of your home.

Before creating your patriotic craft, let’s learn a little more about some of these patriotic days in September. Some are much more well-known than others, but here they are: 

VJ DAY: VJ Day is a day that is celebrated on Sept. 2, and VJ stands for Victory over Japan Day. This day is to commemorate the shift that took place in WWII in favor of the allies which helped to end the massive conflict. The Japanese Empire surrendered after the U.S. bombed two of their major cities, Nagasaki and Hiroshima. 

Patriot Day: Patriot Day takes place on Sept. 11 and is more a day of reflection and a day to remember the lives lost during the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It is also a day to give thanks to first responders who put their lives on the lines.

International Day of Democracy: The International Day of Democracy is held on Sept. 15 and is a day that allows Americans the opportunity to celebrate our democratic society. It is a day to reflect on the history of democracy around the world and to look for opportunities to promote and protect our nation’s own democracy.

Constitution Day: Constitution Day is held on Sept. 17 and honors the document that guarantees Americans their essential rights. It’s a day that American’s get to celebrate their rights and the document that created them.

National Voter Registration Day: This year, Sept. 28 is National Voter Registration Day. This is the day that is supposed to bring Americans together over their mutual love of democracy. This celebrated day falls on the fourth Tuesday of the month every year. Even when it is not an election year, everyone still has a chance to register to vote for the following election year.

Those are the five patriotic days in September- and now that you’ve brushed up on some history and information about the days, get started on your crafting and let’s see your creations!


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