District To Recognize Veterans With School Day Activities Planned For Veteran's Day
Students in Plainville will attend school on Veteran's Day for the first time this year on November 11, according to Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Kitching. "When we first presented this change to the Board of Education last year, we made a commitment to using the time to better educate our students on the significance of the day and to emphasizing the importance of honoring our nation's veterans. I think the plans developed at each school do an incredible job accomplishing both," noted Kitching.
A number of activities and programs have been planned to honor and recognize veterans in Plainville schools on that day. A Veteran's Day Committee, comprised of school district faculty members, administrators and community members, convened to assist in the planning of meaningful projects and events district-wide. As a result, a number of school based activities are planned on Veteran's Day to honor veterans. At the elementary school level plans include flag raising ceremonies and assemblies featuring the reading of the children's book America's White Table, patriotic songs, poetry and essays, and student made items crafted for delivery to the Connecticut Veteran's Home in Rocky Hill. Students will also wear red, white and blue, in honor of veterans. Individual classrooms will also have a variety of learning activities focused on Veteran's Day. At the Middle School of Plainville, students will learn about the history of Veteran's Day and will create a “Wall of Peace” featuring paper bricks with student written responses about ways to honor veterans, how students can show respect and loyalty for their country, and more. The Middle School's Military Mailroom group has invited local veterans in to observe lessons that will focus on the meaning of the United States flag and background on various armed conflicts that our nation has been involved in. Eighth graders will have an interdisciplinary day that will feature Social Studies and Language Arts classes researching current topics related to our nation's veterans, and more. Plainville High School will host a breakfast for local veterans and school mentoring sessions will feature veterans visiting classrooms to meet with students for interviews and discussion. Plainville High School faculty member David Gaignard also created "Plainville Supports Our Veterans" banners that will be on display in each school during Veteran's Day celebrations.
“I am proud of our teachers and administrators for working hard to make this Veteran's Day a meaningful learning experience for the children and young adults in our Plainville Community Schools!” commented Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Dr. Linda Van Wagenen.
For a complete list of activities and events that will take place in our school on Veteran’s Day, please visit our website, www.plainvilleschools.org.
-Posted on November 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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