Art City El­e­men­tary cel­e­brates veter­ans

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Veter­ans Day at Art City El­e­men­tary School in Springville started with a flag cer­e­mony from one of our lo­cal Cub Scout Packs. The stu­dents then had the op­por­tu­nity to hear from artist and il­lus­tra­tor Julie Olsen. Stu­dents were in­vited to write about what it means to be a vet­eran and the top stu­dents from each grade were hon­ored at the Veter­ans’ Day as­sem­bly.

Dur­ing the as­sem­bly, Julie Olsen shared with us one of her books that hon­ors not only veter­ans but also the United States of Amer­ica. The book she shared was “Dis­cover Amer­ica.” She shared the fol­low­ing on how she came up with the idea for the book: “One day, while rid­ing my bike through the Val­ley of Fire State Park, ‘Amer­ica the Beau­ti­ful’ kept play­ing through my mind. The red-or­ange rock against the blue sky was breath­tak­ing, and I couldn’t help think­ing, ‘What a beau­ti­ful coun­try we live in!’ Those thoughts led me back to my child­hood trips across the coun­try with my fam­ily. I saw the sun on the ocean, the snow­capped moun­tains, the am­ber waves of grain. I saw the fields of corn, base­ball games, Lady Lib­erty and so much more. I have been in 38 of the 50 states in my life and am awed by the beauty and history each has to of­fer. I wanted ev­ery­one to ex­pe­ri­ence the same feel­ings of re­spect, rev­er­ence and awe for this coun­try. So I de­cided to take you on a jour­ney. I de­cided to ask ev­ery­one to grab onto the string of a lit­tle red bal­loon and float across this great coun­try, to dis­cover Amer­ica with me, from sea to shin­ing sea.”

Art City sends a big thank you to all those who are cur­rently serv­ing and who have served our United States in any and all ca­pac­i­ties.

Photo by Ju­lia Mur­ray

Art City El­e­men­tary School held a spe­cial as­sem­bly for Veter­ans Day in Novem­ber. Artist Julie Olsen spoke to the stu­dents. Pic­tured are Cub Scouts who helped with the flag cer­e­mony, Julie Olsen and win­ners of the school’s Veter­ans Day es­say con­test.

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