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Schools Honor Service Members with Veterans Day Ceremonies

| January 1, 2018

Students at Yeager Elementary School dressed up to meet veterans in addition to performances and refreshments at the campus Veterans Day extravaganza

Students at Yeager Elementary School dressed up to meet veterans in addition to performances and refreshments at the campus Veterans Day extravaganza

Retired and active service men and women were recognized

Schools throughout CFISD honored retired and active service men and women during Veterans Day celebrations on Nov. 10.

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.

Roughly 20 elementary schools and several secondary campuses participated in some type of celebration.

“Every year, many members of the CFISD community look forward to the Veterans Day celebrations held at many of our campuses,” said Loretta Bourn, CFISD coordinator of elementary music and PE. “Staff and students work hard to prepare songs, decorations, and programs that honor the men and women who served or are still serving our country. The ceremonies vary from school to school, and all of them are meaningful for those involved.”

 

Millsap Elementary School

In addition to a number of veterans in attendance as special guests, Jim McIngvale, also known as “Mattress Mack” was the keynote speaker for Millsap Elementary School’s ninth annual Vet­erans Day Program, which included a breakfast for attendees.

The morning started with a breakfast, with students joining their family members who served alongside fellow veterans. Students then made two lines for a parade through the commons area and cafeteria.

Following student performances, McIngvale, the owner of Gallery Fur­n­iture who is well known for his philanthropy in the Houston area, addressed those in attendance.

“It is a privilege to continue the Veterans Day tradition at Millsap. I think our celebration is a great representation of the core values we hold at Millsap: Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, and Effort,” said Millsap Principal Joy Dauphin. “Mattress Mack’s speech really made an impression when he said to the students that what we do here (in celebrating veterans) is a thousand times more important than celebrating a World Series!”

 

Copeland Elementary School

In welcoming veterans to its annual celebration on Nov. 10, Copeland Elementary School began its Veterans Day ceremony with a breakfast buffet and a performance of several patriotic songs by the school choir.

Students then lined the hallways and the perimeter of the cafeteria as veterans and their family members walked the school for the morning parade.

“All these guys in here put our lives on the line every day,” said Cory Cloud, a parent of two Copeland students and a U.S. Navy veteran. “It reminds us at the end of the day that the state of Texas has our back, this nation has our back and we are just proud to be able to serve. This really shows how people can actually come together and be a part of something great.”

 

Thornton Middle School

Thornton Middle School opened its doors to veterans for a Nov. 10 morning ceremony featuring performances by the fine arts groups and recognition of each branch of the military.

The veterans and their family members then gathered in the library for a breakfast with food prepared by Patriot staff members.

“I feel so much love; I just don’t know how to reciprocate it,” said Thornton parent Demorrice Baisey, a U.S. Army Ranger. “When they say, ‘Thank you for your service,’ ‘You’re welcome’ doesn’t feel sufficient. Their service to me is just as important and valuable as they feel mine is to them.”

 

Cook Middle School

Special decorated tables were reserved for veterans and students to share a meal as Cook Middle School welcomed family members of students who served their country during all lunch periods.

Students formed a line around the tables to shake the hand of each of the veterans and thank them for serving the nation.

“If you look at the history of schools and why we exist, it was to teach young people about how to interact with and give back to their community,” said Maggie Wiley, Cook principal. “Honoring our veterans is just one of the ways we can understand the bigger picture about why we have the freedoms we have and why we have the schools we have.”

 

Emery Elementary School

The annual Veterans Day program at Emery Elementary School was a collaborative effort, not only from the fourth-grade choir, which performed a number of songs, but also the many students who spoke and contributed photos of loved ones for a slideshow.

The choice was conducted by Svetlana Antsulevich and performed the National Anthem, You’re a Grand Old Flag, America the Beautiful and God Bless America.

During a performance with the song We Remember, a slideshow displayed photos of loved ones who have passed away. Before the choir sang God Bless the U.S.A. veterans in attendance were asked to join the choir on stage and each received a pin.

“Our Veterans Program has become a tradition at Emery. The kids work hard each year to honor their families,” said Principal Michelle Merricks. “It is touching to see the many veterans walk up to the stage for the last song and they stand with the kids while everyone sings. I received an email from a parent saying how he was so touched by the presentation and the patriotism that evening.”

 

Yeager Elementary School

Hosting “You Are Our Heroes,” Yeager Elementary put together its 16th annual celebration of our nation’s veterans Nov. 10. A procession of veterans and flag presentation by Cub Scout Pack 1276 opened the ceremony, followed by the student choir performing a series of patriotic songs.

Veterans Day essay and art student winners were announced, followed by a recognition of World War II veteran Andrew Boodram. The ceremony concluded with an armed forces medley, the playing of Taps and choir performances.

 

Post Elementary School

“A Tribute to Our Heroes” was held Nov. 10 by the students at Post Elementary School, with a number of students showcasing their talents. The fourth-grade choir performed songs, while fellow students read tributes and recited the origin of Taps, which was played along with a moment of silence to conclude the program.

 

Sampson Elementary School

Meeting at the flagpole in front of Sampson Elementary School, the students, staff and community members honored veterans with a ceremony Nov. 10. Veterans were treated to front-row seating as students performed the National Anthem and God Bless the U.S.A.

Each veteran in attendance was recognized individually by having his or her name read aloud by a student and also handed a small gift of appreciation from the entire school community.

 

Pope Elementary School

Students gathered around the flag pole at Pope Elementary School on Nov. 10 to honor and entertain veterans and guests for their Veterans Day ceremony. The Honor Choir performed as well as other musical selections. After the program, all veterans and their families were invited to a breakfast in the cafeteria served by Pope’s PTO Board.

 

Horne Elementary School

Veterans were invited to a morning ceremony at Horne Elementary School on Nov. 10 to celebrate Veterans Day. Each veteran in attendance was announced over the school’s PA system, with a parade following through the campus and a flag ceremony led by Boy Scouts. A reception hosted by Boy Scouts followed in the library.

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Cook Middle School Assistant Principal Chris Rose (left) and U.S. Air Force veteran Claude Sirmons pose for a photo prior to a Veterans Day luncheon at the campus..

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Veterans visit with each other as they wait in line for a breakfast buffet during the celebration at Thornton Middle School.

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U.S. Navy veteran and Houston Police Department officer Cory Cloud (left) joins his family for a Veterans Day parade through Copeland Elementary School.

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U.S. Navy veteran Louis Williams smiles while on stage with his son Lathan Williams during the final song of the Veterans Day ceremony at Emery Elementary School.

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A number of CFISD schools displayed photos of loved ones and veterans connected to their respective campuses, including this display at Post Elementary School.

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U.S. Navy veteran Will Felder leads a number of fellow veterans for a lunch served following the Veterans Day ceremony at Aragon Middle School.

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Students at Yeager Elementary School dressed up to meet veterans in addition to performances and refreshments at the campus Veterans Day extravaganza

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A number of CFISD schools displayed Veterans Day- and America-themed artwork and projects in cafeterias and hallways on campus as part of their celebrations.

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Jim McIngvale (right), also known as “Mattress Mack,” was the keynote speaker at Millsap Elementary School’s Veterans Day ceremony.


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