Veterans: This is your day
Students say ‘thanks’ with four programs
Veterans (seated at back) enjoyed new Veterans Day program at intermediate school where every student wrote letter of thanks. Reporter/Mike Brown
Veterans were thanked for their service to the nation at four programs Thursday, which was Veterans Day.
There were some new observances along with the traditional program in the high school auditorium and lunch at the junior-high.
Rockdale Intermediate School held a musical tribute in the school cafeteria and every student at the campus (grades 3-5) wrote a letter of appreciation to veterans.
Each class at Rockdale Elementary School “adopted” a local veteran and prepared a poster with his or her photo and biography. Many of the “class heros” attended Thursday’s ceremony in the gym.
Classroom heroes were:
Disabilities classes, Zeke Young; pre-kindergarten, Clifford Caffey.
KA, Diana Cook; KB, Jim McDaniel; KC, Brad Bartsch; KD, Jimmie Greene; KE, Jeffrey Lynn Caffey; KF, Delmo Shaw; KG, Lynn Barnett; KH, Chris Hunnewell.
Iraq War veteran, and RHS science teacher, Art Free was master of ceremonies at RHS.
1A, Hal Reagan; 1B, Jeffrey Caffey; 1C, Patrick Schilling; 1D, Don Roddam, Susan Free; 1E, Paul Freeman; 1F, Jimmy Cargill; 1G, Rod Spence.
2A, Michael Moeling; 2B, David Taylor; 2C, Art Free; 2D, Claude Spence; 2E, O. A. Doss; 2F, Jimmy Keen.
At the junior high, Graycen Leech was announced as the winner of VFW Post 6525’s Patriot’s Pen essay contest with Kasey Crump, Michael Boyd, Kyle Pendleton and Artesia Willis named honorable mentions.
Freedom isn’t free. First graders (left, front to back), Aubrey Brindle, Gabrielle Ceja, James Cervantes, (right, front to back) Nikiem Crawford, Gavin Aguilar and Kaitlyn Bell, observe a moment of silence for deceased veterans during program at elementary gym.
Lunch was served to veterans, families at Rockdale Junior-High School while choir, band (background) provided patriotic music.
Every elementary (pre-K through 2) class selected a Classroom Hero and provided a poster with a photo and biography. 2-F’s was Jimmy Keen, seen then (photo) and now. Many of the Classroom Heroes attended Thursday’s ceremony in the school gym.