Coalton Elementary honors veterans

COALTON – Coalton Elementary School honored those who served in the military with a Veterans Day Ceremony Thursday at the school gymnasium.

Principal Amy Rowan Smith said, “This is our first ever (Veterans Day event) but we hope to have many more.”

The event featured students from preschool to fifth grade and included singing, a flag raising, a Jeans for Troops presentation and a performance by the students.

In addition, the students created a large U.S. flag poster using multi-colored handprints from all the students at the school to form the stars and stripes.

Many 5th grade students helped Smith lead the event by introducing singing groups and different performances. The students performed traditional patriotic songs such as “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “America the Beautiful.” During “The Star Spangled Banner”, members of Roaring Creek VFW Post 5583 conducted a flag raising.

The Jeans for Troops presentation was based on a nationwide campaign. School staff and community members in attendance were allowed to wear jeans to the ceremony, and throughout the day at school, for a donation of $5. A total of $80 was raised for the GI Go Fund with this campaign.

The program concluded with various students giving a small flag to each veteran in attendance, one by one. Many of the veterans were family members of students at the school, and consisted of veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, along with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Smith said, “The children worked very hard putting everything together and in doing so, they learned a lot about the true meaning of Veterans Day. I was very pleased with the turn out and number of veterans who were able to join us.”

As part of the event, Mike Ross donated two new U.S. flags to the school, one for the outside flag pole and the one used in the flag raising during the ceremony.