Frank K. Hehnly and Valley Road Elementary Schools in Clark each held special programs to honor veterans this Veterans Day. Veterans visited each of the schools sharing their experiences. Through the veterans’ words and actions, students learned about freedom, courage, and sacrifice. Many veterans even brought pictures, artifacts, and medals demonstrating their memories of the time in which they served our country.
At Hehnly, the keynote speaker was the district’s very own veteran and first grade teacher, Mrs. Arrowood. She spoke about honoring veterans and what a privilege it was to serve her country.
Mrs. Arrowood also shared information about the flag as a symbol of love, respect, and freedom. Representatives from the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts along with Chief Matos demonstrated how the flag is folded while some students read what each fold meant.
At Valley Road School, students watched a special video about the service of our veterans.
They then participated in a wreath and flag placement ceremony led by the Student Council and local veterans. Veterans also walked throughout the building as students thanked them for their service.
Superintendent Edward Grande stated, “Veterans Day is an important opportunity for us all to give immense thanks to those who served our county so that we can enjoy our freedom and personal liberties. We were fortunate to have a number of our local veterans give their time to be with us at our school programs and for that we are also grateful.”