There were kindergarteners waving flags, elementary students singing sweetly, middle school students reading heartfelt words of thanks, and high school students giving a standing ovation to a Medal of Honor recipient. Those are just a few of the ways students throughout the Cherry Creek School District paid tribute to our nation’s heroes during Veterans Week 2013.Watch the Cherry Creek Schools Veterans Week video here and enjoy photo albums on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook page.
This is the third consecutive year that every school in the district held a special event or tribute to recognize and thank local veterans and active duty servicemen and women for their service and sacrifice.
“What’s beautiful for us is we bring those service members in and we say ‘thank you’,” said Dr. Harry Bull, superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools. “Most important, they get to interact with our students. They get to talk to them, they get to see them, and our kids get to meet those individuals who have made that sacrifice.”
Mission Viejo Elementary hosted a patriotic assembly to honor members of the Armed Forces, who then visited classrooms to talk with students about their military service. Among the guests was U.S. Air Force Airman Basic Aubrey Sena-Calvillo, who attended Mission Viejo. She visited Mrs. Jenning’s first grade classroom with her grandfather, an Air Force veteran, and her uncle, who served in the U.S. Army.
At Pine Ridge Elementary, military guests were greeted by PAWS, the school mascot, then treated to a Veterans Day breakfast. Students and staff cheered and waved flags as their guests paraded through the school hallways.
Students at Sky Vista Middle School staged a “Living Museum,” featuring friends and relatives who served in the military. Sixth-grader Sidney Parker proudly introduced her great-grandfather, PFC Jay L. Swenson, who received the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart for his service in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Students at Overland High School gave a standing ovation to Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Peter Lemon, who had an important message for them.
“You are the future of this country. The greatest nation in the world. That is your responsibility,” said Lemon, who stayed after the assembly to talk with every single student and staff member who waited patiently to shake his hand and thank him for his service.
AVID students from Grandview High School visited Denver’s Veterans Administration Hospital and delivered goodie bags and handwritten thank you notes to injured servicemen and women.
Across the district, veterans and active duty servicemen and women said they were touched by the tributes.
“This is really an honor to be recognized and invited here,” said U.S. Navy veteran Harold Nicholson, after attending a patriotic assembly at Willow Creek Elementary.
“We didn’t get a welcome home. This is our welcome home,” said an emotional Vic Rhodes, who served in Vietnam.Posted November 19, 2013.