Schools Hold Numerous Veterans Day Observances
Schools throughout CFISD honored retired and active service men and women during Veterans Day celebrations held in November. Veterans throughout the community were invited to attend the celebrations, which included meals, parades, musical performances, skits and speeches designed to honor those who defend the freedoms of the United States.
Swenke Elementary School – Swenke students welcomed a special guest in Rear Adm. Thomas Moore, the Navy’s program executive officer for aircraft carriers. A 34-year veteran of the Navy, Moore also happens to be the brother of Swenke Principal Liz Miller. Following a processional of approximately 100 veterans, grade-level choirs under the direction of music teacher Charlsie Gomez performed for guests in attendance and Moore addressed the crowd.
“I have been in Washington, D.C., for 16 years, and sometimes you forget what the heart of the country is like. You can get dragged down by Washington politics and forget why we’re here,” Moore said. “But when you see these kids and how enthusiastic everybody is, how patriotic they are, that’s special. Everyone’s hands shot up when I asked them if they knew a veteran. That’s not typical across the country.”
Black Elementary School – Black Elementary welcomed 107 veterans, including three World War II veterans. The veterans and their guests were welcomed by local Girl Scout troops and enjoyed a reception in the library prior to the ceremony. Fifth-grade student Paul Scholler opened the ceremony by singing the Star-Spangled Banner. Second- through fifth-grade students entertained the veterans with patriotic songs and songs from each military branch. Each veteran was recognized by his or her branch of service and military honors.
Lamkin Elementary School – First-grade teacher Emma Johnson organized Lamkin’s program, which was held in front of a wall featuring photos of veterans related to Lamkin students. The Cy-Fair High School color guard presented colors at the event, after which the students recited pledges and the Cy-Fair step team performed routines. Principal Gale Parker spoke to those in attendance about November being a month of Thanksgiving – not only for food and family, but also for freedom due to those who have served in the military.
Sampson Elementary School – Dozens of veterans attended Sampson’s Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 11, which featured singing performances by all students under the direction of music teacher Adrienne Applewhite. Local Cub Scout Pack 1179 posted colors and led the national and state pledges, while each veteran was presented with a gift from Sampson students. U.S. Air Force and Texas Air National Guard veteran Ken Arsenault, father of second-grade student Jack Arsenault, said he was honored to be recognized by the community and school. “The kids were great. Their smiles and songs were very uplifting. This always brings a smile to my face, if not a tear,” he said.
Duryea Elementary School – Guests were treated to a four-aircraft flyover from a group called Freedom Flight during the singing of the national anthem. Following that display, Conroe-based Freedom Flight flew in “Missing Man” formation to honor all soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who gave their lives in service of the country.
Rennell Elementary School – Rennell Elementary School welcomed singer Shannon Perry. The recording artist and host of the television show “Grace in High Heels” performed for the veterans, students and families in attendance at the ceremony.
Yeager Elementary School – More than 120 veterans were in attendance at the 14th annual celebration, including 18 World War II veterans. Veterans were served breakfast followed by a musical program directed by Lisa Trewin, music teacher. Veterans were also presented with a book that featured the winners of the school’s Veterans Day art and essay contests.
Bleyl Middle School – Bleyl celebrated Veterans Day on Nov. 11, honoring veterans from all branches of the military and hearing from a guest speaker. The school celebrated essay and art contest winners from each grade. All Bleyl staff veterans were recognized for their service. “We couldn’t be more proud of our sixth-grade students that attended the program,” said Stacia Carew, Bleyl principal. “What a great way to teach our younger generation the sacrifice these vets make for us to have the freedoms we live every day!”
Aragon Middle School – The e School hosted a Veterans Day ceremony on the morning of Nov. 11. The school then welcomed all veterans and guests to stay for a lunch.
Cypress Lakes High School – The school’s Veterans Day presentation recognized seven teachers and staff members who have served in the armed forces. The school featured an elaborate display of colors with a collaborative effort between the choir, Sterling Stars drill team and culinary arts program. Each student wrote to each of the veterans on a slip of paper and presented the slips at the conclusion of the event.
Cypress Ridge High School – Cypress Ridge students and staff celebrated veterans by holding a ceremony at the flag pole in the morning. The school honored several of its staff members who have served their country: Danny Harrell, United States Air Force; Yusuf Dadabhoy, United States Navy; Porforio Munoz, United States Air Force; James Core, United States Air Force; Bryan Moses, United States Army; Yolanda Holden, United States Navy; and Archie Grigsby, United States Air Force.
Additional Veterans Day photos are available on the CFISD Facebook page.
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