The students researched Veterans Day and worked together to create and deliver a program to the vets as part of their American history lesson. The student-led program included personal speeches, poems, a play and a song demonstrating their understanding of Veterans Day and their appreciation for the Veterans’ service and sacrifice. The students also recognized the spouses who took care of the home front during deployments. The program concluded with a sing-along and history of the following songs: National Anthem, God Bless America, You’re a Grand Old Flag, and the Armed Forces Medley, during which veterans stood to be recognized for the branch in which they served.
“We are very proud of our fourth-graders for the ingenuity and caring they showed when creating and performing this program for our service members,” said Beth Dagostino, grades 3-4 principal, Westlake Elementary School. “They really did a tremendous job and showcased how thankful we are for our veterans and their service to our country. Plus, it was really great to see how the students pulled together traditions from all of our four former elementary schools to create their own new tradition at WES.”
Before the program, veterans and service members were invited to enjoy a light breakfast with the students. The children prepared interview questions and asked the veterans about their personal experience and stories.
“It truly was a great day for everyone involved,” Dagostino said. “I don’t know who enjoyed it more – the students or the service members. We look forward to honoring our veterans again next year.”