School, city join together for holidays
Robert Westbrook
Milano ISD Superintendent

We took time to recognize and honor our veterans a couple of times during the last few days. During halftime of Friday’s home football game, we asked veterans who were in attendance to join our elementary students on the field and the students sang a couple of patriotic songs for them. It was great seeing veterans from Milano and Snook come together as one with our children.

It was a moving tribute and could not have been pulled of without the help of our elementary teachers and staff. Dixie Willingham does an awesome job in working with our elementary music program.

On Monday, we held a schoolwide program in which we honored our veterans. Our elementary students sang, our high school students spoke and we had a guest speaker talk about what it means to be a veteran and having served our country. It was a wonderful ceremony that concluded with a reception honoring our veterans and their guests.

It is important to recognize our veterans and pay our respects to them. Just as important, if not more important, is that we use days like these to teach our youth what if means to be an American and to live in a country where it seems to often we take for granted the freedoms we have today. Freedom is not free. Many of our forefathers, and brothers and sisters have paid the ultimate price by laying down their life for the freedoms we have today.

Among the freedoms we enjoy is religious freedom. The Christmas season is right around the corner. We have been working with the City of Milano and others and will be hosting the inaugural Milano Country Christmas. The Milano Country Christmas is a series of events that will be taking place to foster the Christmas spirit and build community unity, all while being done to honor Christ.

Currently, we have three events scheduled as follows:

• Saturday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m., Lighting Ceremony. We will hold a lighting ceremony in downtown Milano at the Bailey Bank Building, followed by hayrides ending at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall for cookies, punch and hot chocolate.

• Saturday, Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m., Christmas Parade followed by a Community Christmas meal at the Milano Civic Center.

• Saturday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m., hayrides and Christmas caroling, a light judging contest starting and ending at the Milano Civic Center. This will be followed at 7 p.m. with a Community Christmas sing-a-long at the Milano Civic Center.

More in formation on these events can be found at christmas/

On Thursday evening, we are hosting a community-wide tailgate party. We are encouraging folks to bring their barbecue pits up to the area by the softball field and do a little cooking and lets feed our football and volleyball teams, our cheerleaders and our cross country runners.

We’ve had a very special fall thus far; lets recognize our students and enjoy their successes with good food and fellowship.

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