Jefferson Middle School fifth-graders from Gina Hess’ and Ruth Kriese’s classrooms recently held a ceremony to honor local veterans. Students served veterans dessert and beverages and entertained them with songs, poems and stories, to thank them for their service to our country.
The Veterans Day Celebration is an annual tradition at Jefferson Middle School that has lasted over 16 years. The celebration is something that both the students and veterans really love.
“We feel it is important to do this project for over a decade, now. Students get real-life experiences as to why this holiday is significant,” said Mrs. Hess. “In addition, students get to celebrate the sacrifices that veterans have made for our freedom.”
In addition to dessert, students presented a history of Veterans Day, read poems about veterans and sang a song. Each veteran stood to tell the students more about which branch of the military they served in and what it was like to serve their country. Students also had the opportunity to ask the veterans questions.
“I think Veterans Day is important because if veterans didn’t serve we wouldn’t have our religion and freedoms,” said Jefferson Middle School student, Vincent Parasiliti.