On Friday, November 11, veterans welcomed Center students to school as they arrived in cars and buses. Some veterans opened car doors for students while others waved and greeted students and parents. Students were excited to see these special guests on campus. Afterward, School Council hosted a hearty breakfast for our honorees. Later in the day, some students were privileged to hear special guest speakers and learned about their honorable service to our country.
Students of Donna Rowe’s fourth grade reading classes sat mesmerized while veterans shared their experiences while serving in the military. Mr. John Kitchen, Vietnam veteran, shared his encounters while serving in the Army in Vietnam. Matt Gourley, Dantay Cooper, and Charles Boyett also explained how military service had impacted their life. Veterans shared their most memorable moments.
After lunch, students met on the front campus for a Veteran’s Day Program. Mr. Tyler A. Bennett, principal welcomed the students, parents, and special guests. Everyone participated in the Pledge of Allegiance led by Student Council President, Azariah M. A variety of patriotic music was sung during the program including “You’re a Grand Old Flag," “America,” and "God Bless America.” All the students waved U.S.A. flags in honor of our country and the veterans that have protected our freedom as they sang, “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” The Center Music Club sang “America” as they accompanied themselves with handbells. Also, they rendered an arrangement of “God Bless America” with a solo performance by Travis B., 5th grade student in Mrs. Ketha Stephenson’s classroom. The music was performed under the direction of music teacher Mrs. Barbara Patterson, who accompanied on the piano. She was assisted by Mrs. Kathy Gray and Ms. Melody Hutchinson, teachers at Center.
During the patriotic event, the Ware County High School JROTC performed a flag folding ceremony and drill exhibition. These talented high school students are under the direction of Sgt. Rena Riviere. Students, teachers, and special guests including parents enjoyed the historical lessons and tribute to our veterans. Principal Bennett gave closing remarks, thanking everyone for their part in the program. At the end of the service, red, white and blue balloons were released in tribute of our veterans.
Veterans who spoke in Mrs. Donna Rowe's class: Charles Boyett veteran dad, with daughter Anaiyah; Matt Gourleyveteran dad, with daughter Caidyn; John Kitchen veteran grandfather, with granddaughter Kenadie
Mr. Tyler A. Bennett spoke at outside Veteran's Day Service on Center Elementary's campus.
Ware County High School JROTC
Dantay Cooper, veteran and dad of 4th grade student, R.J. and sister, Destinee
Veteran John Kitchen spoke in Mrs. Rowe's class.