Pattonville marks Veterans Day with special events, classroom lessons

Pattonville schools spent the weeks surrounding Veterans Day learning about and thanking local veterans for their service to the country. Several schools held special events. 

Students in early childhood created Veterans Day crafts and designed a wall display of signs with the names of veterans they know.

Drummond Elementary School hosted its second annual Veterans Day Torch Run on Nov. 8. Current and veteran military members ran through the hallways as students and staff held up signs and cheered them on. Following the run, students were invited to tour military equipment on display and hear presentations from current reserve member John Wood and Garrett Biginelli, an active Marine, Bridgeton police officer and former Drummond student. Additionally, students in kindergarten through second grade attend a Veterans Day assembly and members of the Drummond Choir performed a song for service members.

Fourth grade students at Parkwood Elementary School spearheaded the Veterans Day Concert. They chose jobs, including ushers who directed people to their seats and designed the concert program; a set crew that helped design and construct the backdrop; set up crew; script writing; and dancers, who learned a choreographed dance created by another student. Additionally, all students were assigned a state and designed a poster to hold during the “Fifty Nifty” states song during their art class.

Rose Acres Elementary School invited veteran family members to have lunch with their student. Students also wrote letters to send with care packages that are mailed to veterans through Operation Gratitude and completed other activities.

At Willow Brook Elementary School, several classes created Veterans Day banners to send to local posts of the American Legion, AmVets (American Veterans) and VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). Staff also created hallway displays honoring those who served or are currently serving, including family members of students and staff members.

Pattonville High School hosted its annual Veterans Day breakfast and program on Nov. 11. Members of the Student Council cheered veterans upon their arrival and made them feel welcome, and participants enjoyed breakfast made and served by the culinary arts students while listening to the high school orchestra perform. Afterward, guests moved to the auditorium to watch flag folding and missing man ceremonies conducted by members of American Legion Post 213. The high school band and chamber choir also performed and a special “thank you” video was shown. 


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