Students celebrate Veterans' Day across the District

December 17, 2013

Schools across the District celebrated Veterans’ Day in a variety of ways. Below are just a few examples:

Allen ES
Kindergarten through fifth grade students from the Learning Tree program at Allen ES participated in the American Red Cross of San Antonio’s annual Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. Students drew pictures, wrote thank you notes, and sent holiday wishes to holiday heroes overseas. More than 100 holiday cards were sent from the campus.

Pictured are (from l-r) Frank Flores, Rene Limon, Delicia Perales,  Jason Kuhstoss, Petritta Solalinde, and Leslie Valle.

Glenn ES

Glenn ES students celebrated Veterans Day with a class car show and student performances. The day started with a parade of classic cars with veterans riding in them passing in front of the school as they waved American flags. Following the parade, they all assembled inside the cafeteria for performances by the school choir and the third grade.

Pictured is Kristi Bolstad, the school’s vice principal catching a ride with a veteran in one of the classic cars.

Health Careers HS

Health Careers High School social studies department honored military veteran staff members and parents with a Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. Board member, Bennie Cole who retired from the Air Force with 23 years of service, spoke to the crowd and veterans. Cole praised the veterans for serving their country and their families for their support. The Health Careers honor guard posted the colors while the choir sang "The Star-Spangled Banner". Veterans and their families enjoyed refreshments after the ceremony.

Jay HS
The Jay HS TX-782 Honor Guard doing the "Presentation of Colors" at the school’s Veterans Day celebration.

Jordan MS

The Jordan Abilities and Gifts Society (or Jordan J.A.G.S.) created more than 50 cards and letters  to send to wounded warriors in San Antonio for Veteran’s Day. The servicemen and women are still officially on active duty, but are recovering from serious and often multiple wounds. The Jordan J.A.G.S. is a collaboration between the 8th grade Gifted and Talented class and the ALE class at Jordan where all students help each other by sharing their own unique gifts. The service members were very touched that the students wanted to acknowledge their bravery and heroism in keeping our country free and safe. Many service members chose to write back to the students. The Jordan J.A.G.S. meet and work together 2-3 times a month.

Pictured (from l-r) are eighth graders Esmeralda Burgos and Yohandra Morales. 

Mireles ES

As a school with a population consisting of approximately 30 percent military families, Mireles ES had many servicemen and women to honor on Veteran’s Day. In preparation of an assembly honoring America’s heroes, the main school hallway was transformed into an art gallery showcasing student work with a patriotic theme. In a collaboration with the campus art specialist, every student created a piece of artwork that expressed not only gratitude towards veterans, but also the personal connection the student body has with the sacrifice and courage exhibited by these military men and women. Also on display was a “Wall of Honor,” which was created by students and featured photographs of veterans past and present, the military branch in which they have served, and an interesting fact about the honoree.

Shown is the students’ tribute to veterans.

Northwest Crossing ES

Students from Northwest Crossing Elementary honored veterans from various branches of the military during their Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Honored speakers included Retired Army Sergeant Lawrence Brown and Youth Ambassador for Wreaths Across America, Jaycee Derby.

Pictured are students from Shannon Acap’s kindergarten class (on left) Jonathan Enloe with his mom, Lt. Enloe; and Sevastian Cerda  with dad TSgt. Cerda.

NISD Technology Services

Many of the employees in the Technology Services Division at NISD are retired or active servicemen and women.

They are (from l-r) Lori Jones, Ernest Vasquez, Nestor Prosper, David Anderson, Alex Lopez, Paul Lyda, Henry Rogers, Eddie Aponte, Oscar Reyes, Anthony Edwards, Art Lozano, and Fred Mendez.

Valley Hi ES

The annual Veteran's Day Program at Valley Hi Elementary was made extra special for one surprised 5th grader.  Several members of the Naval Security Squadron stationed at Lackland Air Force Base presented Naomi Aguilera with a Naval Teddy Bear and the Official Graduation Coin.   Naomi wrote and read her Poem, titled "Our Veterans" to all the guests present at the ceremony

She is pictured in the center flanked by the Navy members. Also joining her are Vice Principal Josie Perez (left) and Administrative Intern Andrew Morris (right).