FWCS honors veterans - November 04, 2010

Record Number: 6857
Displayed from: Nov 04, 2010 , until: Dec 09, 2010

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. 8 Each day during the week of Nov. 8, students at Harris Elementary School, 4501 Thorngate Drive, will read a Veteran's Day fact during the morning announcements. Tuesday, Nov. 9 Indian Village Elementary School, 3835 Wenonah Lane, will honor military men and women of the past and present with a musical title, "A Salute to American Heroes." Fourth- and fifth-grade students will present the musical at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Wednesday, Nov. 10 Jefferson Middle School, 5303 Wheelock Road, will hold a public flag raising Nov. 10 at 8:15 a.m. to honor veterans and currently serving troops. The school's eighth-grade band will play patriotic music and the National Anthem as students and guests gather in the courtyard. Following the flag raising, members of the Korean War Veterans Association, Indiana Chapter 1, will visit classrooms. Students will write letters of support for troops stationed overseas. On Veterans Day itself, members of the school's Leo Club will join a community effort in creating holiday care packages, which include the Jefferson letters and other comfort items from home. At 10 a.m., a local Air National Guard officer will talk to students at Arlington Elementary School, 8118 St. Joe Center Road, about his service. The school's choir will sing patriotic songs, and a video is shown that represents Arlington family members who have served or are serving in any branch of the armed services. At 10:15 a.m., Holland Elementary School will host its annual Veterans Day program. The program includes the Boy Scout Color Guard, patriotic songs and a presentation on the story of Veterans Day. Veterans of the Korean War and World War II will also speak to students, and students will present cards and letters to the Red Cross to be sent to soldiers currently serving in the military. Thursday, Nov. 11 Veterans Day All schools and district offices closed. Friday, Nov. 12 Kekionga Middle School's PTA will host a Veterans Recognition Breakfast from 7-7:45 a.m. at the school, 2929 Engle Road. The school will recognize the men and women who have served the community in any capacity, combat or non-combat, through military service. Any parent, guardian, grandparent, aunt, uncle, neighbor or friend of any Kekionga Middle School student who served in the Armed Forces is invited to attend. We ask that each guest be accompanied by a student (son, daughter, ward, grandchild, niece, nephew or friend). At Blackhawk Middle School, seventh grade social studies students met and interviewed 24 veterans from VFW Post 857 and the Korean War Veterans Association, Indiana Chapter One on Thursday, Oct. On Nov. 12, students will submit their interviews for sharing among their peers. Thursday, Dec. 9 Snider High School students will be working throughout November on the Panthers Praising Patriots project. Students will select a veteran to interview and write about. On Dec. 9, the veterans who participated will be invited to Snider, 4600 Fairlawn Pass, to share their stories and receive thanks for their service. The goal of the project is to pay tribute to the veterans in the community and to create a display that will honor, respect and remember all those who have sacrificed their lives for our country's freedom.

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.