Hebron Elementary celebrates Veterans Day
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Nov. 12, 2013
It has become a tradition at Hebron Elementary School for students to invite military personnel to visit on the last school day before the observance of Veterans Day. So on the afternoon of Nov. 8, fathers and uncles, grandpas and brothers, grandmas and aunts began to arrive at the school. Many were dressed in military uniforms. There was a reception with refreshments laid out in a classroom. There were visits scheduled, with veterans sitting down in classrooms to talk to students about their military experience.
In Kristin Vancamp’s fourth-grade classroom, World War II veteran Warren Holbrook was the third and final visitor to speak. Wearing his black uniform, he told the children about his experiences in the Navy. An announcement from the P.A. system signaled that it was time for people to begin heading toward the gymnasium for a Veterans Day assembly. Fourth-grader Tyler gave his grandfather, Army veteran Bruce Taylor, a hug and a kiss before heading out of the room.
At the door to the gym, veterans walked a path through American flags held by students from every grade. The assembly involved every class from the grade-three-through-six school. Fourth-graders had prepared a video, in which they held up stars identifying a person important to them who had served in the military. Moms and aunts, uncles, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, brothers and cousins, were named and identified by their branch of the military. Children read essays. The three veterans currently on staff at the school - Vice Principal Joshua Martin, fourth-grade teacher Daniel Pape, and sixth-grade teacher James Jones - were identified. And each class performed a military theme song, as members from each branch stood to be acknowledged.