Veter­ans in­vited to Veter­ans Day Pro­gram and Lun­cheon

Col­lect­ing pho­tos of veter­ans in mil­i­tary uni­form at time of ser­vice to dis­play in school

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tess Woloszan­ski BHASD Veter­ans Day Co­or­di­na­tor

On Fri­day, Nov. 10, the Brandywine Heights Area School Dis­trict will host its 17th an­nual Veter­ans Day Pro­gram and Lun­cheon for those veter­ans who re­side in the com­mu­nity or are rel­a­tives of stu­dents. The ob­jec­tive of the pro­gram, which is held at the mid­dle school, is to honor our coun­try, thank our veter­ans for their ser­vice, and pro­mote cit­i­zen­ship within our stu­dent body and fac­ulty.

Lead­ing up to the day of the pro­gram, 4th through 8th grade stu­dents will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Amer­i­can Legion Amer­i­can­ism es­say con­test. They also have the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete school-wide in a poster con­test us­ing the same theme as the es­say. Win­ners of the con­tests will be rec­og­nized with a rib­bon dur­ing the assem­bly. Es­say writ­ers also have a chance to win a mone­tary prize from the Amer­i­can Legion.

On the morn­ing of the pro­gram, some veter­ans will be in­vited to speak to classes or be part of aQ & A ses­sion. Veter­ans may also come to view the pa­tri­otic dis­plays through­out the build­ing, as well as to visit the hos­pi­tal­ity room where they can en­joy snacks and drinks while so­cial­iz­ing with other vets. Dur­ing the fea­tured assem­bly, some­one will re­ceive the cov­eted Pa­triot Award, which rec­og­nizes a veteran or com­mu­nity mem­ber/ group for ex­cep­tional ser­vice to this coun­try and/ or com­mu­nity. After the assem­bly, veter­ans will be es­corted to the school cafe­te­ria where they will be treated to a free lun­cheon.

Again this year we are col­lect­ing pho­tos of veter­ans in their mil­i­tary uni­form at the time of their ser­vice, to be put on dis­play in school (if it hasn’t al­ready been sub­mit­ted). If you are will­ing to do this, please send a copy of your photo, along with your name, branch, and dates of ser­vice, to BHMS, 200 W. Weis St., Top­ton, PA 19562. Ad­dress it “c/o Erica Whalen”, or email the jpg to eri­wha@bhasd.org. (Please let us know if we can keep hard copies or if you want them back.) We still have any that were sub­mit­ted last year, un­less they were asked to be re­turned. Agenda 9 – 11:45 am: Veter­ans ar­rive to speak to classes, help in aQ & A ses­sion, tour the school, or visit the hos­pi­tal­ity room

11:30 – 11:55 am: Veter­ans and MS stu­dents en­ter the au­di­to­rium

12:00 – 1:10 pm: Veter­ans and MS stu­dents are treated to a pro­gram which in­cludes the HS fife and drum corps, band and cho­rus num­bers, read­ings, and the Pa­triot Award

1:15 – 2:15 pm: Veter­ans are treated to a lun­cheon in the cafe­te­ria, and stu­dents re­lated to in­di­vid­ual veter­ans may spend time with them there

If you have any ques­tions, please call 610-682-5131 (mid­dle school). And, if you know of a veteran from the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity that you feel may be de­serv­ing of the Pa­triot Award, please con­tact Tess at teswol@bhasd.org, or call her at 610-682-5122 (VM 391).

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