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Record Number: 17423
Displayed from: Nov 08, 2018 , until: Jan 08, 2019

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 Monday, Nov. 12, 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.


Thursday, Nov. 8

  • Irwin – Students and staff will invite family and friends who are veterans to a special program beginning at 8 a.m. with veteran make-overs. JC Penny will provide make-overs and haircuts for veterans free of charge. Several other local businesses donated items to provide gift bags valued at more than $100 for each veteran. The make-overs will be followed by a light breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and program at 10 a.m.
  • Lane Middle School – Students will participate in a Veterans Day assembly at 8 a.m., followed by a reception. Afterward, veterans will be invited to visit classrooms.
  • Scott Academy – Students will participate in a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. The assembly includes tributes to veterans in the school family and student musical performances.
  • Washington Center Elementary – Students have been writing letters to give to veterans who will participate in a future Honor Flight. At 2 p.m., there will be an assembly in honor of veterans.
  • Waynedale Elementary – At 9:30 a.m., the Wayne High School JROTC will present the Colors during an assembly with students and invited veterans. The veterans will be recognized at the program for their service with letters from the students along with a coin. They will be able to visit classrooms to read to the students or to answer questions. The school will have a Wall of Honor where pictures of veterans will be displayed.


Monday, Nov. 12

Elementary Schools

  • Adams – At 10:30 a.m. the school will honor local veterans at a special musical program. Students will present veterans with thank-you cards. Following the program, veterans are invited to a reception with punch and cookies.
  • 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 1:30 p.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 will present a special program at 9:30 a.m. for family members who are veterans those currently service in the military.
  • Brentwood – Students and staff will participate in an assembly at 9:30 a.m. The event will include patriotic music, veteran special guests and students reading thank-you letters written to the veterans.
  • Bunche Montessori – Students will gather for an assembly at 9:20 a.m. Students will read poems and sing patriotic songs.
  • Croninger – Students will hear a patriotic poem during morning announcements. At 2:30 p.m., all students will watch a short video on Veterans Day and then gather in the hallway to sing the National Anthem.
  • Fairfield – Students have been learning about Veterans Day and will show their appreciation by writing letters, making cards and creating posters thanking veterans. The items will be delivered to the Army 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry Regiment at the Fort Wayne Armory.
  • Franke Park – Veterans are invited to an assembly at 8:30 a.m. The assembly will include musical performance by students, stories from veterans and a presentation highlighting veterans and military family members of students and staff.
  • Harrison Hill – During the week of Nov. 12-16, students and staff at Harrison Hill will collect items to donate to the VA Hospital of Northern Indiana. Students will collect hats, gloves, scarves and hygiene items. Students will also make cards for those receiving services at the hospital.
  • Haley – The school will host a reception in the library at 12:30 p.m. for all veterans and their guests, followed by a school-wide program at 1 p.m. After the program, all veterans will be given a red, white or blue carnation and will visit classrooms to discuss their time in the service and answer questions from students.
  • Holland – Students will participate in an assembly at 12:45 p.m. honoring veterans who are family and friends of Holland students and staff, as well as special visitors from Towne House.
  • Indian Village – Friends and relatives who are veterans are invited to attend a program as honorees at 9:15 a.m. The program will begin with a color guard presentation and posting of the national and state flags. Second- and third-graders will perform patriotic songs. Students will then read essays about what Veterans Day means to them and share information about a ceremonial table set for members of the military who are POW/MIA. The main hallway will be decorated with names of veterans that are or have been in students’ lives.
  • Northcrest – Students and staff will honor veterans in an all-school assembly at 2 p.m. Students will present veterans with thank-you letters.
  • Shambaugh – Students will gather for a school assembly at 9 a.m. featuring a flag ceremony with local Boy Scouts. There will also be a presentation about Veterans Day and a slide show with pictures of veteran family members.
  • South Wayne – Students will celebrate Veterans Day through music during a special assembly at 1:30 p.m.
  • Weisser Park – Veterans will be recognized through songs and drama in a program at 9 a.m. Following the program, veterans will visit classrooms.
  • Whitney Young – Teachers will read books about Veterans Day and why it is important. Students will then write letters to veterans, and Officer Steve Fuchs, Army Veteran and Whitney Young’s security officer, will talk with students about being a veteran.

Intermediate School

  • Towles – Veterans in students’ lives are invited to a special program at 1 p.m. The program includes poetry readings, speeches and a special choir performance. Earlier this month, Towles eighth-graders collected more than 1,000 items to create care packages, which were donated to the VA Hospital Food Pantry.

Middle Schools

  • 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. Patriotic music and the National Anthem will be performed by the Jefferson Middle School Band.
  • Kekionga Middle School – Students will gather for a Veterans Day assembly from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The FWPD Honor Guard will present the Colors. Kekionga family members who are veterans are invited to attend the assembly to be recognized. The veterans will be treated to patriotic music from the Kekionga music groups. Teacher Jon Luckey has donated his photo booth to take pictures of the veterans and their Kekionga students following the assembly.
  • Memorial Park – The school will host its first Veterans Day breakfast from 7:15-8 a.m. Students are allowed to invite one guest who is a veteran to thank them for his/her service to the country. Students will also present a gift to their guests from all of the students and staff at Memorial Park.
  • Northwood – The school will host a Veterans Day breakfast for veterans at 7:30 a.m., followed by a special program.
  • Portage – Sixth-graders will spend time writing letters in Social Studies class to veterans. The letters will be given to Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana.


High Schools

  • Snider – Veterans are invited to participate in a program that will allow veterans to meet and talk to Snider students throughout the day. Students will have the opportunity to sit and talk with the veterans about their experiences serving in the armed forces. Snider will also have a Veterans Day display with artifacts and pictures of veterans of Snider staff and student on display.
  • Wayne – Throughout the day, students will be able to read biographies of staff members who are veterans on monitors in the school building.


Tuesday, Nov. 13

  • Lakeside Middle School – Students will invite their veteran family members and friends to Donuts with Dads 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. Guests from the VA Hospital will also be in attendance.


Thursday, Nov. 15

  • Shawnee Middle School – Students will invite family members who are veterans to an assembly at 1 p.m. The band and choir will perform, and there will be an Honor Guard presentation. Veterans will have an opportunity to share their stories with students.



  • Harris Elementary – Students at Harris made their own U.S. Flag with stars representing veteran family members and friends. It hangs in the main hallway as a reminder of their service.
  • Forest Park Elementary – Students in grades 2-5 are writing essays honoring veterans while students in pre-K through first-grade are making thank-you cards. The cards will be given to veterans who participate in a future Honor Flight.
  • South Side High School – Students in social studies classes will study the importance of Veterans Day and then write letters to veterans participating in a future Honor Flight.
  • Maplewood Elementary – Students have been writing letters to veterans thanking them for their service. The letters are being delivered to Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana, VFW and VA Hospital.


Earlier in the Month

  • Lincoln Elementary – On Nov. 7, students planted flags along the drive in front of the school in honor of veterans.

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.