FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Fort Wayne Community Schools honored and celebrated Veterans Day, primarily remotely, with activities and events throughout the district on Wednesday.
Schools honored veterans in their families, performed patriotic music and planted flags on the school grounds.
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Here's what some FWCS schools did on Veterans Day:
- Harrison Hill Elementary students participated in a virtual flag-raising ceremony.
- Haley Elementary School students learned about Veterans Day during class.
- The presentation included slides dedicated to active and retired military members connected to staff members, photos of student work and student music.
- Families will also be able to view the presentation.
- Indian Village Elementary third- and fourth-graders created a flag collage, and fourth-graders learned patriotic songs to celebrate Veterans Day.
- Kindergarten students read about the holiday and will make a patriotic hat or picture.
- Northcrest Elementary students will watch a video including a read-aloud of the book “Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood,” an interview with Northcrest Administrative Assistant Steve Williamson, who is a veteran and a slideshow of family members of students and staff who served.
- Students at St. Joseph Elementary School read about Veterans Day stories and then participated in other activities, including watching videos, writing letters and planting flags in the playground.
- Washington Center Elementary fifth-graders had a Zoom meeting with military veterans to thank them for their service and learn more about them.
- School staff will raise money for Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana.
- Waynedale Elementary honored veterans by placing flags outside the school with a banner reading “Thank you, Veterans.”
- Students wrote letters thanking veterans for their service.
- The letters will be given to staff with family members currently serving in the military, local VFW Post 857 and Shepherd’s House.
- Jefferson Middle School students viewed a slideshow honoring veterans who are family and friends of students and staff.
- The presentation included pre-recorded songs by the Jefferson band and choir.
- North Side High School will start the day by playing “Reveille” and reading an excerpt of the Veterans Day Presidential Proclamation.
South Side High School honored longtime teacher Ron Holmes, who died in 2019.
- All students in a social studies class were provided with additional content around why Veterans Day is a holiday and how it came to be.
- The school day ended with playing “Taps.”
- At 9 a.m., Holmes was included in the school’s Vietnam Memorial for his contributions to South Side.
- During lunch periods at Wayne High School, students watched a presentation featuring staff members who are veterans.