MCCSC Schools Host Several Veterans Day Programs
MCCSC Schools Veterans Day Activities
On November 11th each year our nation observes Veterans Day, honoring persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. Our schools have a rich history in participating in Veterans Day activities and honoring those who have served. Since November 11th falls on a Sunday, our schools will be observing the holiday on November 8th through November 13th. Many of the activities are open to the public and veterans are encouraged to visit for recognition.
On Monday, November 12th from 9:30-10:30 AM, Arlington Heights will be having a Veterans Day program. They are inviting all family and community members that are Veterans. They will have a guest speaker, Lindsey Smith, the Choir and student body will perform a couple of songs, and they recognize all of the veterans by the military branch in attendance. Veterans are invited to stay after for cake.
On Monday, November 12th at 8:45 AM, Binford Elementary is having a breakfast for all current and past members of our armed forces and their Binford families. Breakfast will be followed by a program in the auditorium with special guest speaker veteran and Bloomington Fire Chief Jason Moore. Their guest speaker for the event is Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Sam Davis. This is an amazing opportunity for our students and families of those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. Sam is the grandfather of two of our students.
Davis was near the South Vietnamese city of Cai Lay in 1967 when his unit came under fire. He was wounded, but took over a burning artillery piece and fired off several rounds at the Viet Cong. He then used an air mattress to cross a river and rescue wounded before joining another unit with a howitzer to continue fighting.
Davis broke his back but continued serving in the Army until 1984. His actions inspired those of the lead character in the blockbuster movie Forrest Gump. In the film, it is him getting his medal with Tom Hanks face superimposed on him.
Davis has also been awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was among veterans who appeared at the coin toss at Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.
On Thursday, November 8th at 10:20 AM, Childs Elementary 3rd grade is going to have a program over their intercom system. They have four 3rd grade classes and they all have speaking parts, discussing the meaning of Veteran's Day and why we honor our Veterans. They will sing America, You're a Grand Old Flag, This is America, America the Beautiful, and We are Proud of our Veterans.
Clear Creek Elementary
On Friday, November 9th from 2:30-3:00 PM, Clear Creek will have a Veterans Day assembly where students will perform and veterans who are connected to Clear Creek students will be celebrated. One of their parents who is a veteran will be a guest speaker.
Their first graders will be participating in a service learning project called Operation Gratitude. It is a program that sends care packages (and candy!) to our military! It serves deployed soldiers, veterans, and even wounded warriors. We will be collecting candy to send in the care packages. We will also be writing and sending thank you letters to send with the candy.
Teachers will be doing lessons and other activities in the classroom.
On Friday, November 9th at 2:30 PM, they will have a school-wide (K-6) assembly to honor Veterans Day. All Fairview teachers will be doing mini-lessons to educate students about Veterans Day between November 5th and 9th.
On Friday, November 9th at 2:30 PM, Grandview will be honoring our veterans with a program. Their choir will be performing, and several veterans will be in attendance.
Highland Park Elementary
On Monday, November 12th at 2:15 PM, Highland Park will host their Veterans Day program. They will have poetry readings and songs for the school. They will be honoring their veterans with a "Military Medley" concluding with the "Retiring of the Colors" and "Taps."
On Friday, November 9th at 9:30 AM, Lakeview is hosting a veterans day program honoring their school's veterans with special music from students. Their special guests are Travis Wiggers, US Coast Guard Gunners Mate 2nd Class, Calvin Lawson, Anne Fields, and Captain Marco Caress with the United States Army. All 6th-grade classes are participating in the VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest.
On Monday, November 12th at 2:15 PM, Marlin Elementary will host their Veterans Day program. The Marlin choir will sing "Everyday Heroes" and "Taps" will be played by a Bloomington High School North student. They will also observe a moment of silence during their program. The program will close with the singing of "We Are Proud of Our Veterans".
On Monday, November 12th at 9:10 AM, during an all-school assembly honoring our veterans, Rogers classes will be performing patriotic poems and songs. An educational video will be shown about the history of Veterans Day and a Veterans Day greeting from Sesame Street's Tammy Hinkston will be shown.
On Monday, November 12th at 2:30-3:30 PM, Summit will be holding an all-school convocation honoring their school veterans. K-6 classes are working on writing Veterans Day poems. They are performing Veterans Day Songs in music class and working on Veterans Day artwork in art class.
On Monday, November 12th at 9:30 AM, Templeton will be having an all-school assembly honoring our veterans. Students who have family members who are currently serving, or are veterans, are invited for a continental breakfast at 8:00. At 9:30, they will have a guest speaker, presentation of colors, Pledge of Allegiance, and their choir will be singing.
On Monday, November 12th at 9:30 AM, Unionville will be hosting a music program where students will be performing followed by a reception for visiting veterans and their families.
On Monday, November 12th at 9:30 AM, University music classes will be singing several songs honoring our veterans in front of an all-school assembly. Mr. Richard Dunbar, Post Commander at American Legion Post 18, will be their guest speaker.
Batchelor Middle School
On Monday, November 12th at 2:10-2:55 PM, Batchelor Middle School will host their large annual program. Civil Air Patrol will start with the posting on colors. The band, choir, and orchestra will all perform several pieces. After the results of the Veterans Day contest are announced, the school will observe a moment of silence. The program will close with the playing of Taps.
Jackson Creek Middle School
On Tuesday, November 13th at 8:10 AM, Jackson Creek will have their Veterans Day celebration in the auditorium. They will have music from the JCMS Band, Choir, and Orchestra as well as a keynote speaker-likely to be Justin Garner, a JCMS Language Arts teacher and veteran. Families and the public will be invited.
Tri-North Middle School
On Friday, November 9th at 9:00 AM, Tri-North is holding a convocation honoring United States veterans. The Tri-North band, orchestra, and choir will be performing several pieces. A history of Veterans Day and poems will be shared.
Bloomington Graduation School
Mr. Smith, their Social Studies Teacher, uses an activity with his students. He also talks about his father, who is a Vietnam Veteran, and allows his students to talk about loved ones who are veterans.
Bloomington High School North
On Monday, November 12th, North will be playing a video of faculty and staff who have served in our Armed Forces. During the morning announcements, a Veterans Day poem will be read and a moment of silence will be observed.
Bloomington High School South
On Monday, November 12th, Bloomington High School South will show a video of student's thanking family members who have served in the military as their Veterans Day Memorial.
Thank you from MCCSC to all who have served our United States Armed Forces.