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Record Number: 8197
Displayed from: Nov 07, 2011 , until: Nov 11, 2011

Fort Wayne Community Schools will honor and celebrate Veterans Day with activities and events at every school in the district. FWCS students will be in school on Veterans Day, creating an opportunity to teach students about the sacrifices men and women have made for the United States. Schools will honor veterans in their families, perform patriotic music and participate in assemblies with local veterans groups throughout the week. Monday, Nov. 7 Elementary Schools - Franke Park - Students will celebrate Veterans Day by incorporating different patriotic activities to honor veterans throughout the week. Activities include focusing on patriotic music and art, Armed Forces facts and trivia during morning announcements and daily in-class patriotic activities. - Glenwood Park - Throughout the week, students and staff will collect money and supplies to donate to the Fort Wayne VA Medical Center. Students will write letters to and make cards for veterans in their family or other veterans. Students and staff will also bring in pictures of family members who are veterans to include in a display. - Irwin - Students and staff will start the day with the Pledge of Allegiance at 9:10 a.m. The school will then honor veterans with a connection to Irwin, who will talk about what serving their country has meant to them. Middle Schools - Shawnee - Social studies classes are creating a Wall of Heroes with the help of the art department. On the red, white and blue stars on the wall, students, staff members and parents will record the name, branch, tour of duty/years of service of local veterans or family members who are veterans. Shawnee will also honor its own veteran heroes - staff or family members who have served or currently are serving - by creating a display of memorabilia in the cafeteria display case. Tuesday, Nov. 8 - Portage - A veteran of the Korean War will speak to students at Portage Middle School. Students will also create a Wall of Fame to honor veterans. Wednesday, Nov. 9 - Croninger - The school will collect items to donate to the VA Medical Center, including combs, new puzzles, paper, envelopes, blankets, shampoo and other items. The items will be collected Nov. 9-11 and delivered to the Medical Center with letters and illustrations from students. Students will write about A typical day at Croninger. - Study - Throughout the week, students will write letters to a local soldier injured in Iraq. The PTA is also collecting some of the soldier's favorite treats, including Sour Patch gummies, Starburst, Hot and Spicy Cheez-Its and movies, to include in a care package. At 9 a.m. on Nov. 9, a member of American Legion Post #82 will teach fourth-graders about Flag etiquette. The program will conclude with the students observing a Flag folding ceremony and completing an essay that will be entered into the Legion's national essay contest. Thursday, Nov. 10 - Indian Village - First- and second-grade students will remember those who have served in the military with a fall program, A Salute to Our Heroes, at 6:30 p.m. - Nebraska - Students and staff will participate in a Veterans Day program at 2:30 p.m. featuring the Boy Scout Color Guard, special guests, choir performance, short play and the history of Veterans Day.

Friday, Nov. 11 Early Childhood Education Centers - Bunche Montessori - During the morning, all classes will read a story about military personnel. Later, kindergarten students will write letters to veterans in the VA Medical Center. - Whitney Young - Robert Barth, a Vietnam veteran, will visit classes from 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m. He trained dogs during the war and will be bringing a dog that does tricks with him. He will also explain his role during the war to students and allow students to ask questions.

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.