FWCS Students Honor Veterans Day

Record Number: 18870
Displayed from: Nov 07, 2019 , until: Jan 07, 2020

Fort Wayne Community Schools will honor and celebrate Veterans Day with activities and events at every school in the District. Most schools will celebrate on Monday, Nov. 11, but because of scheduling conflicts, some will celebrate on other days. Schools will honor veterans in their families, perform patriotic music and participate in assemblies with local veterans groups.


Monday, Nov. 11

Elementary Schools

  • Adams – At 9 a.m. the school will honor local veterans at a special program.
  • Arlington – Students and staff will gather at 9 a.m. to honor veterans. Students will sing patriotic songs and share essays, share a slideshow of Arlington students and their family members who have served over the years and hear from a guest speaker.
  • Bloomingdale – Students will hear about the history of Veteran’s Day throughout the week during daily announcements. In art, students will make red poppies to create one large poppy, and in music, students will learn patriotic songs. In addition, each class will write about freedom or write letters to those on the Honor Flight.
  • Brentwood – Students and staff will participate in an assembly at 1:30 p.m. honoring family and friends who served in the military. The event will feature the 122nd Fighter Wing Honor Guard presenting a flag folding demonstration.
  • Bunche Montessori – Students will gather for an assembly at 9:20 a.m. Students will read poems and sing patriotic songs.
  • Croninger – Students will gather in the hallways at 2:30 p.m. to sing “America the Beautiful.”
  • Forest Park Elementary – Students in kindergarten through fifth-grade have written letters to be given to veterans on a future Honor Flight. At 2 p.m., the school will have its annual Veterans Day Parade. Students and staff walk the block around the school carrying posters and flags. Students created and delivered flyers inviting neighborhood families come out to watch.
  • Franke Park – Students invited veterans to a light breakfast at 8:45 a.m. followed by an assembly. The program will include music, a slideshow with photos of veterans connected to the school, readings and tributes to area veterans and guest speaker, City Councilman Tom Didier. An honor walk through the halls will follow the program.
  • Glenwood Park – Students will gather for a Veterans Day program at 1:45 p.m. Fourth- and fifth-grade students will sing patriotic songs, and second- through fifth-grade students will share letters they wrote to the veteran guests. Kindergarten and first-grade students will share artwork they created. Veterans in attendance will introduce themselves and the branch of the military in which they served.
  • Harrison Hill – Students and staff will participate in an assembly at 9 a.m. featuring an Honor Guard flag folding demonstration.
  • Haley – The school will host a reception in the library at 12:30 p.m. for all veterans and their guests, followed by a school-wide program at 1 p.m. After the program, all veterans are invited to visit classrooms to discuss their time in the service and answer questions from students. Students will also spend time writing letters to veterans who participate in a future Honor Flight.
  • Harris Elementary – Each classroom will have learning activities to honor Veterans Day.
  • Holland – Students will participate in an assembly at 9:30 a.m. honoring veterans who are family and friends of Holland students and staff.
  • Indian Village – Friends and relatives who are veterans are invited to attend a program as honorees at 9:30 a.m. Third- and fourth-graders will perform patriotic songs. Students will then read essays about what Veterans Day means to them and share information about a ceremonial table set for members of the military who are POW/MIA.
  • Irwin – Students and staff will invite family and friends who are veterans to a special program beginning at 8 a.m. with veteran make-overs. JC Penny will provide make-overs and haircuts for veterans free of charge. At 10 a.m., veterans will be honored at a celebration with students and staff. The 122nd Fighter Wing Air National Guard will conduct a special flag ceremony.
  • Levan Scott Academy – Students will participate in a Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. The assembly includes guest speaker Vincent Corona, a veteran of the U.S. Army Airborne Rangers.
  • Lincoln Elementary – Students will watch a video about Veterans Day and write letters for Honor Flight.
  • Maplewood – Students and staff will celebrate Veterans Day with an assembly at 10 a.m.
  • Shambaugh – Principal Neil Rupp will read a story to students in their classrooms about the importance of Veterans Day.
  • South Wayne – Students will celebrate Veterans Day through music during a special assembly at 1:30 p.m. Each grade from kindergarten through fifth will perform patriotic songs for their guests.
  • Washington Center – At 2 p.m., students and staff will gather with veterans for an assembly. Students will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, sing patriotic songs and read poems in honor of veterans. Prior to the assembly, veterans are invited to a reception at 1:30 p.m.
  • Waynedale Elementary – At 9:30 a.m., the Wayne High School JROTC will present the Colors during an assembly with students and invited veterans. The veterans will be recognized at the program for their service. The school will have a "Wall of Honor" where pictures of veterans will be displayed.
  • Weisser Park – Students will invite veterans for coffee and donuts at 8:15 a.m. The veterans will be recognized during the 9 a.m. program, which will include poetry readings and performances from the Weisser Park Honor Choir and Heartland Sings. Following the program, veterans will visit classrooms.
  • Whitney Young – Teachers will read books about Veterans Day and why it is important. Students will then write letters to veterans who will participate in a future Honor Flight.

Intermediate School

  • Towles – Veterans in students’ lives are invited to a special program that will include poetry readings, speeches and a special choir performance. Earlier this month, Towles eighth-graders collected non-perishable food and hygiene items to donate to the VA Hospital Food Pantry. They also interviewed veterans about their service.


Middle Schools

  • Blackhawk – Veteran family members of students will visit social studies class to talk to students about their students. Students have made signs welcoming the veterans, and there will be recognitions of veterans during announcements.
  • Jefferson – Jefferson will have a public flag-raising ceremony at 7:30 a.m. featuring veterans, active duty military personnel and public safety officials.
  • Memorial Park – The school will host its annual Veterans Day breakfast at 7 a.m. Students are allowed to invite one guest who is a veteran to thank them for his/her service to the country. At 8 a.m., the veterans will be honored at an all-school assembly.
  • Miami – A showcase will be on display containing uniforms of staff members who have been in the military. Some staff will wear their uniforms, and the history and significance of the day will be discussed on school announcements and through social studies classes.
  • Northwood – The school will host a Veterans Day breakfast for veterans at 7:30 a.m.
  • Portage – Sixth-graders are working together on a project to update the Veterans Honor Wall. Students were asked to bring in pictures of relatives who are actively serving or who have served in the past.


High Schools

  • Snider – Veterans are invited to participate in a program that will allow veterans to meet and talk to Snider students throughout the day. Students will have the opportunity to sit and talk with the veterans about their experiences serving in the armed forces. Snider will also have a Veterans Day display with artifacts and pictures of veterans of Snider staff and student on display.
  • South Side – Students will watch videos about Kyle Carpenter, a retired U.S. Marine who is the youngest recipient of the Medal of Honor. Afterward, they will discuss how service can lead to great achievements.
  • Wayne – Throughout the day, students will be able to read biographies of staff members who are veterans.


Tuesday, Nov. 12

  • Kekionga Middle School – Students will gather for a Veterans Day assembly 9 a.m.


Wednesday, Nov. 13

  • Lakeside Middle School – Students will invite their veteran family members and friends to an assembly at 8 a.m. featuring the Fort Wayne Police Department Pipe and Drum Brigade. Guests from the VA Hospital will also be in attendance.


Wednesday, Nov. 27

  • Shawnee Middle School – Students will invite family members who are veterans to a Thanksgiving assembly. Veterans will have an opportunity to share their stories with students. Students who are Boy Scouts will present the Colors, and the band and choir will perform.



  • Fairfield Elementary – Students are creating “E-Thank You Cards” for veterans. The videos will be posted online and sent directly to the VA Hospital and local American Legions and VFWs.


Earlier in the Month

  • Lane Middle School – A Veterans Day ceremony was held Nov. 7, featuring the FWPD Pipe and Drum Brigade, FWFD hoisting an American Flag and guest speakers. Veterans will then visit classrooms.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.