Veteran’s Day activities planned at schools
In honor of all military personnel, two area elementary schools will be celebrating Veteran's Day in different manners Friday.
Marion Springs Elementary School and Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center will be honoring area military veterans during lunch, just as both schools did last fall.
"Last year was the first year we did it to that extent," BESIC Principal Tom Mundinger said. "It was a very overwhelming, almost emotional event for us. We are anticipating even more this year."
At 11 a.m., MSES will be hosting a Veteran's Day program. Similar to last year, it will include the reader's theater presentation of "America's White Table" by the fifth graders. Then the veterans will be introduced before joining the students and teachers for lunch.
"It is pretty similar to last year, but with a different group of kids," MSES librarian Rita Tutschulte said. "Last year was very successful, so this is a requested repeat performance. We hope it becomes a tradition."
BESIC is also inviting veterans to eat lunch Friday. The school will be eating lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
All current military personnel and veterans are invited to the school for lunch hosted by BESIC.
"We invite all of the veterans to come and we will treat them to lunch," Mundinger said. "The kids dress patriotically. We will introduce each veteran and tell their branch of service, where they served and any interesting facts they want to share. When they are introduced, the kids will stop eating, stand up and applaud."
The BESIC fifth grade students will be singing a couple of patriotic songs at noon.
"Our fifth graders are going to sing a song to them right at 12 o'clock," Mundinger said. "I'm guessing there will not be a few dry eyes in the place. It's a great song and I think they will like to hear the kids sing it."
Mundinger said the students enjoyed meeting the veterans last year, because it's much different than just reading about them in books.
"It's one thing for the kids to hear about veterans or to read about them, but then all of a sudden a guy walks in that was a prisoner of war or was at D-Day," Mundinger said. "That's the real thing."