FWCS honors veterans - November 06, 2009

Record Number: 5623
Displayed from: Nov 06, 2009 , until: Nov 19, 2009

Students and staff throughout Fort Wayne Community Schools will honor veterans this month in celebration of Veterans Day. Several schools have special programs, including local veterans, to recognize the sacrifices veterans have made. Listed are some of the programs taking place this month: Monday, Nov. 9 * Irwin Elementary School, 3501 S. Anthony Blvd., will have two members of the Air National Guard conduct a flag ceremony at 9:05 a.m. during Blastoff, the school's weekly gathering. Tuesday, Nov. 10 * Jefferson Middle School, 5303 Wheelock Road, will have a flag-raising ceremony at 8:05 a.m. The eighth-grade band will perform America the Beautiful, Battle Hymn of the Republic and other selections. All veterans are invited to attend. * Holland Elementary School, 7000 Red Haw Drive, will have its annual Veterans Day program 10 a.m. Students in third through fifth grades will honor veterans with readings and patriotic music. Representative Mark Souder is scheduled to be the guest speaker. Students have invited parents or other family members who are veterans or are on active duty. Veterans who are currently employed by FWCS have been invited to attend and will be recognized. There is a photo Wall of Honor in the school foyer that includes photos of family members who are currently in the military or are veterans. * Ward Education Center, 3501 Warsaw St., will be hosting its first ever Veterans Day program at 1:15 p.m. The four branches of the armed services will be formally presenting the colors and delivering speeches to the students. The program will also include remembering those who are Missing in Action. Community members have been invited to attend the program. Students are also participating in poster and essay contests based on Veterans Day themes. Wednesday, Nov. 11 * Veterans Day All schools and district offices closed.
Thursday, Nov. 12 * Students at Blackhawk Middle School, 7200 E. State Blvd., have been collecting goods and supplies as part of Operation Care Packages. More than 20 boxes are already filled with items to send to troops overseas. Students will include letters to send in the packages, which will be ready to ship on Nov. 12. Students will also submit reports to their teachers based on interviews they did with veterans who served during a time of conflict. Those students who did not have someone they knew who had served had the opportunity to interview a veteran at school. Friday, Nov. 13 * Lane Middle School, 4901 Vance Ave., will host a Veterans Day breakfast at 7 a.m. to honor and recognize the men and women who have served our community in any capacity, combat or non-combat, through military service. Invitations to attend were extended to any parent, guardian, grandparent, aunt, uncle, neighbor or friend of any Lane Middle School student who served in the armed forces. Each guest must be accompanied by a student. Thursday, Nov. 19 * Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road, will have a veterans assembly from 9:30-11 a.m. with a short reception for veterans after the assembly. Veterans from the community are invited to attend. The guest speaker will be a local veteran, who served in Iraq and is a 2003 Northrop graduate. The assembly will include recognition of the armed forces, posting and presentation of the colors by Concordia JROTC Color Guard and more.

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.