DCSD celebrates Veteran's Day
DOULGAS COUNTY-- On Monday, November 11, Douglas County students and staff made a special effort to commend all branches of the military in honor of Veterans Day. Observations around the District included those at Cimarron and Mountain Ridge Middle Schools, North Star Academy and Pine Lane Elementary School.
Mountain Ridge Middle School (MRMS)
MRMS started the day early and provided a 7am breakfast and a chance to meet and greet with other local veterans and their families. Then, the 7th and 8th grade RAM leaders (each grades' peer advisors) escorted teams of two to their respective pods to engage the students in what it means to fight for our country and answer any questions the students had. Thrilled to talk to the kids, Dave Sills and Rob Soper (pictured here from left to right) spoke about their experiences and the significance of every soldiers sacrifice.
"Those are the people who never had a chance to have a future but that sacrifice guaranteed ours, grandparents, parents, and yours as well," Soper declared. "And that's what is important to me for Veterans Day."
Cimarron Middle School (CIMS)
Cimarron’s students created their very own 4th Annual Veterans Day ceremony, where Team Palomino led the guests through a Presentation of Colors by the Boy Scouts, a student-generated video, student speeches paying a tribute through time, and patriotic performances by Cimarrons’ band, orchestra, and select choir.
Even a recently deployed Airforce Major “Skyped” in from Afghanistan to enjoy the show!
Following the ceremony, over 115 veterans in attendance were guided to the Cimarron Wall of Honor, which displayed roughly 2,000 flag letters and various art projects completed by the entire student body.
The event concluded with a reception in the library with food prepared by the Cimarron Consumer Family students. The event touched lives and honored our Nation’s Heroes deeply, and was even highlighted on 9 News as one of the “Places to Be for Veterans Day Ceremonies.”
North Star Academy (NSA)
North Star Academy (NSA), recipients of the 2013 National School of Character Award, demonstrated their commitment to social, emotional and ethical development as they banded together for this year's Annual Veterans Day Program.
NSA students displayed their patriotism and gratitude, and performed various songs in front of the veterans like "America the Beautiful" and "This Land is Your Land". Students took turns orating the history of the holiday, and recognized and thanked each branch of service.
Betty Baptista, secretary and communications liason for NSA, maintains that "the students are learning from our Veterans how important it is to stand up to evil and how veterans have put their lives on the line for the liberty and freedom we all enjoy," she said."Watching veterans and students interact is an experience we relish each year."
Pine Lane Elementary (PLE)
Pine Lane Elementary celebrated Veteran's Day in style. PLE’s specials teachers collaborated with second-grade teachers to put on a memorable performance. The students filled the gym with songs, read thank you letters they wrote personally, and honored the veterans with a video tribute.