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Thursday, November 08, 2012

FCPS Schools Plan Special Recognitions, Celebrations in Honor of Veterans Day

Many Fairfax County public schools are planning special recognitions, ceremonies, breakfasts and dinners, and patriotic assemblies to honor the men and women who have served and are serving in the U.S. military as part of the Veterans Day observance.

On Thursday, November 8, fourth grade students at Virginia Run Elementary will present a patriotic assembly to educate their fellow students on the meaning and importance of Veterans Day. Patriotic songs will be accompanied by narratives on the history of the holiday and the mission of the U.S. armed forces.

On Friday, November 9, the South Lakes High School POW-MIA Advocates Club will sponsor its first remembrance banquet to honor U.S. troops who have not returned from America’s wars. Food for the event, which will run from 6 to 8 p.m., is being prepared by Culinary Arts students. Students in the Marketing program are promoting the event, and the JROTC Color Guard will present the colors. John Kull of the U.S. Department of Defense will provide a presentation on the current status of POW-MIA efforts around the word. Tickets are required to attend.Also on November 9, patriotic assemblies and presentations will be held at Dranesville, McNair, and Orange Hunt Elementary Schools.

At 1 p.m. on Monday, November 12, West Potomac High School’s Army JROTC program will host U.S. Army Brigadier General John Poppe, chief of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, who will serve as the featured speaker and reviewing officer at a Veterans Day ceremony. Current and former members of the military will be honored at the ceremony. At Carson Middle School, four teachers who have served in the military will be honored on the school’s morning news show. The school’s history department is sponsoring an honor wall filled with photos and historical information about staff members’ loved ones who have served in the military.

Students at Fort Hunt Elementary School will hold a web conference between a parent currently serving in the military in Afghanistan and sixth grade students on November 12 beginning at 11 a.m. The students will discuss what life is like in Afghanistan and what the parent’s job entails.

Also on November 12 beginning at 9 a.m., Washington Mill Elementary School will host its annual Veterans Day breakfast for invited veterans from the community, and special Veterans Day-related events will take place at Deer Park, Graham Road, Oak View, Sunrise Valley, Terraset, and White Oaks Elementary Schools. Soldiers and veterans are invited to lunch at Deer Park; an active member of the military will speak to students at Graham Road; patriotic-themed reading, writing, and math lessons will take place at Oak View; Sunrise Valley will host breakfast for current and veteran service men and women; students will be able to interact with veterans and hear their stories at Terraset; and veterans will lead students in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance following breakfast at White Oaks.

On Thursday, November 15, at 1:30 p.m., Franconia Elementary School students will present the musical, “This Is America,” designed to honor veterans from the community. 

On Wednesday, November 28, Chantilly High School will host its fourth annual Veterans Dinner by candlelight. This dinner was created and organized by members of the Chantilly National Honor Society; food is prepared and served by Culinary Arts students from Chantilly Academy. Performing arts students from the school will sing and play music after the meal. This student-generated evening is a way for the students to say thank you to the veterans who attend and enables veterans from different wars to enjoy conversation and share stories with each other.

Note: For more information, contact the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.