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Record Number: 16782
Displayed from: Nov 07, 2017 , until: Jan 07, 2018

Fort Wayne Community Schools will honor and celebrate Veterans Day with activities and events at every school in the District. Most schools will celebrate on Friday, Nov. 10, but because of scheduling conflicts, some will celebrate on other days. Schools will honor veterans in their families, perform patriotic music and participate in assemblies with local veterans groups. In addition, the District will highlight Veterans Day at its annual Showcase event, which takes place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road.


Wednesday, Nov. 8

  • Harris – All week, students are writing letters of thanks to veterans to be given to local veteran organizations. Students are also sharing pictures of their favorite veterans to display.
  • Holland – Fifth-grade students will participate in an assembly at 1:30 p.m. honoring veterans who are family and friends of Holland students and staff. Students will sing patriotic songs during the assembly.
  • Lakeside – Students will invite their veteran family members and friends to Donuts with Dudes beginning at 7:15 a.m. All students will then gather for an assembly at 8 a.m. with the Fort Wayne Police Department Pipe and Drum Brigade. During the assembly, student band, choir and strings will play in a short presentation of faculty and veterans. Guests from the VA Hospital will also address the audience.


Thursday, Nov. 9

  • Abbett – Fourth-grade students will Skype with a solider currently stationed in the South Pacific at 8:45 a.m. The students will hear about his experiences overseas and he will answer questions about his service and why he is stationed outside of the US.
  • Northrop – Students will write letters to veterans and active service members. Letters will be sent to Operation Gratitude for distribution.
  • Wayne – At 3:30 and 3:50 p.m., the JROTC Cadets will perform the POW/MIA Ceremony.


Friday, Nov. 10

Elementary Schools

  • Adams – At 10:30 a.m. the school will honor local veterans at a special program. All veterans, especially those who are family members of Adams students and staff, are welcome to attend.
  • Arlington – Students and staff will continue Arlington’s tradition of honoring local veterans and remembering Arlington family members who have served the country in a program beginning at 10 a.m. All veterans are invited to the assembly. Students will sing patriotic songs and share essays, and a slideshow of Arlington students and their family members who have served over the years will be shown.
  • Bloomingdale – Students in grades 3-5 will put on a musical performance for families and veterans at 9:30 a.m.
  • Brentwood – Students and staff will participate in an assembly at 9:30 a.m. The event will include a Flag ceremony with the 122nd Fighter Wing Honor Guard, songs by students and veteran special guests.
  • Fairfield – Students and staff will create a montage video of “Thank yous” to veterans. To celebrate veterans, students and staff will wear red, white and blue. Students will be able to get their faces painted in patriotic colors to honor the holiday as well.
  • Forest Park – Students will participate in a Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m., which will include presentation of the flag by Wayne High School JROTC. Students will share patriotic artwork and essays. Veteran family members are invited to enjoy refreshments before the program at 1 p.m.
  • Franke Park – Students will host a breakfast for veterans at 7:30 a.m., followed by an assembly at 8:45 a.m. The assembly will include American Legion Color Guard presentation, singing of the National Anthem, Veteran speakers, Fallen Soldier Table and musical performances.
  • Glenwood Park – In the morning, students will have the opportunity to see and explore two Army vehicles. They will then participate in an assembly at 1:45 p.m., which will include patriotic songs, reading letters written to members of the Armed Services and displays of student artwork. Roger Reece of Associated Churches will be the guest speaker.
  • Harrison Hill – Students will participate in an all-school assembly at 1:30 p.m. to honor veterans. They will learn about the history of Veterans Day and read the book, “America’s White Table.” Students will then return to the classroom and write letters of thanks to active, reserve and veteran military through the organization “A Million Thanks.”
  • Haley – Family members of Haley students and staff who have served or are serving in the military will be honored at an assembly at 12:30 p.m.
  • Indian Village – Students and staff at Indian Village will honor veterans with a patriotic program at 9 a.m. Several classes will also write letters for veterans participating in a future Honor Flight.
  • Irwin – Students and staff will invite family and friends who are veterans to a breakfast reception at 9 a.m. followed by a special program at 10. Students will honor the veterans for the strength, dignity and sacrifices they have made, and each veteran will be given a token of appreciation.
  • Lincoln – Students will hear about the importance of Veterans Day in the morning and then plant flags along the drive in front of the school.
  • Maplewood – Students will gather at 10 a.m. for an assembly. Wayne High School ROTC students will present the Colors and a veteran will speak.
  • Northcrest – Students and staff will honor veterans in an all-school assembly at 2 p.m.
  • Scott Academy – Students will participate in a Veterans Day program at 9:30 a.m. The assembly includes poetry readings, singing and a commemorative photo presentation.
  • Shambaugh – Students wrote letters in October to current military for the upcoming holidays as part of The Big Thank You. Throughout the day, teachers are reading a book of their choice with their class about Veterans Day and the importance of recognizing those that have given so much for our country.
  • South Wayne – Students will celebrate Veterans Day through music during a special assembly at 1:30 p.m. Guests have been asked to come in uniform. After the performance students share red white and blue cookies and juice with honored guests. 
  • St. Joseph Central – Throughout the week during morning announcements, students will learn about each branch of the military, as well as the history of Veterans Day and how it is different than Memorial Day. Flags have been purchased for each student to present to a veteran or someone related to a veteran in honor of Veterans Day.
  • Washington – Students will participate in a celebration and remembrance of veterans in the community at 1 p.m.
  • Washington Center – Students will write letters to veterans, and the school will create a veteran’s wall with pictures and information about veterans connected to the school. Students and staff are also collecting money for Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana. 
  • Weisser Park – Veteran are invited to Weisser Park from 8:50-10 a.m. for a USO-style event with coffee and donuts. The Weisser Park Honor Choir and Heartland Sings will perform an all-star “Direct from the States” variety show. There will also be a slide show to honor the vets related to Weisser Park staff and students.
  • Whitney Young – Veterans will visit classrooms to share age-appropriate stories with students about their experiences in the military. Students have been learning about the meaning of Veterans Day and will give the veterans handmade cards as appreciation.  

 Intermediate School

  • Towles – Veterans in students’ lives are invited to a special program at 12:45 p.m. The program includes poetry readings, speeches and a special choir performance. Kindergarten students from Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center will travel to Towles to join the program.

 Middle Schools

  • Blackhawk – Students will invite veteran family members to lunch on Veterans Day where they will share their military service and talk to students in Social Studies classes. Students will have the opportunity to thank them for their service. Veterans will be invited to a Patriotic Reception Room with cake and coffee. In addition, the school will have a Veteran Wall of Fame featuring pictures of Blackhawk family veterans.
  • Jefferson – Jefferson will have a public flag-raising ceremony at 7:30 a.m. featuring veterans, active duty military personnel and public safety officials. Those in attendance are invited to stay for a light breakfast following the ceremony. This event is sponsored by Frontier Communications and the History Channel.
  • Lane – Students will participate in a Veterans Day assembly at 8:30 a.m. Retired veterans and active servicemen and women related or otherwise connected to Lane staff and students will be recognized. The Fort Wayne Police Department Pipe and Drum Brigade will participate in the assembly. Veterans are invited to stay for a reception after the assembly.
  • Miami – A display highlighting and honoring veterans on staff is set up for the month of November.
  • Northwood – Students will learn about Veterans Day and its importance in announcements throughout the school day. Students will also write letters to those currently serving in the military, which will be delivered to the U.S. Army Reserve Office.
  • Portage – A “Thank You” video featuring more than 80 students thanking their relatives and friends who are veterans or are currently serving in the military will be shown in all Social Studies classes.

 High Schools

  • North Side – Students will engage in Kahoots trivia learning about statistics from World War I. vs. current veteran statistics. The top two student winners per group will win a prize. Students will write thank-you letters to veterans, which will be delivered to local veterans organizations.
  • Snider – Snider High School will host dozens of veterans many from the recent Northeast Indiana Honor Flights for the day. Students will have an opportunity to meet and talk with veterans from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf War and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Students will conduct interviews and write thank-you letters that will be given to the veterans on future Honor Flights.


Tuesday, Nov. 14

  • Kekionga Middle School – Students will gather for a Veterans Day assembly from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The FWPD Pipe and Drum Brigade will serve as honor guard and lead Kekionga family members who are veterans into the assembly. The veterans will be treated to patriotic music from the Kekionga Steel Drumz and school choirs. Teacher Jon Luckey has donated his photo booth to take pictures of the veterans and their Kekionga students following the assembly.


Thursday, Nov. 16

  • Croninger – Third-graders will put on a performance for other grade levels. The interactive performance invites students to sing different patriot songs with the third-graders. Students and staff have been contributing pictures to a Wall of Fame with family members who have served in the different military sectors.


Wednesday, Nov. 22

  • Shawnee Middle School – A Veterans Thanks Assembly will be at 1:15 p.m. There will be musical performances by the choirs and bands, including military tunes, while pictures of Shawnee veterans or family members who are veterans are shown. Students who have military members in their families will carry stars with names to the assembly. During the assembly the various branches of the military will be recognized.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.