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Students are honoring veterans this week by writing letters to service members and veterans, learning patriotic songs, and learning more about the military with virtual assemblies in their classrooms.

At Cougar Creek Elementary School, students in Tiffany DeWitt’s fifth grade class watched a video honoring service members and their families. They had an opportunity to ask questions before writing thank you letters that will be sent to active military and veterans. Music teacher Kim Rawson also organized a video of patriotic student performances that students watched in their classrooms.

Students raising hands in class.

At English Crossing Elementary School, fifth graders created poppy art after reading the World War I poem, “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae. Each student painted one-quarter of a poppy. The quarters were joined together to create the full flower.

Poppy art

Some students also wrote letters for Operation Gratitude, which will be sent to veterans and active-duty military.

Letters for veterans

Music teacher Ethan Lane taught students at Lakewood Elementary and Cougar Creek Elementary the lyrics for the songs from each branch of the military. Students had a chance to clap and snap to songs such as “Anchors Aweigh” from the U.S. Navy. Kindergartners at LES also created a Veterans Day window display.

clapping to music

At Lakewood Middle School, eighth grade leadership students explained the different branches of the military and showed recorded performances of the band playing the “Star Spangled Banner” and the choir singing “Tribute to Armed Services.” Students also said the Pledge of Allegiance with video from the LHS American Sign Language class.

Thank You Veterans art

At Lakewood High School, student leadership compiled a virtual assembly for Friday. The students produced one video for each period along with a discussion question for each. They interviewed staff veterans to give their thoughts and concluded with a performance from the Swingbeat Jazz Choir.