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D300 Honored Veterans Day

District 300 schools went the extra mile to learn about and celebrate Veterans Day this year.  We are so proud of all who have defended our liberty, and we enjoyed honoring those who have sacrificed on our behalf! Here are a few examples of the activities that took place:

ALGONQUIN LAKES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL –  A special ceremony was held at the school flag pole in honor of Algonquin Lakes parents and community members who are veterans.  To prepare for the occasion, Algonquin Lakes students studied the meaning of these vocabulary words: freedom, patriot, veteran, peace, honor, and respect.  They were also taught about the various branches of the military.  

CARPENTERSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL – CMS students have read and studied “In Flanders Fields” for historical background on Veterans Day.  They have also personally reflected on the following themes: What does Veterans Day mean to you? What does Veterans Day mean to our country? How can we best honor those who have fought for our freedom?  They wrote their response on paper poppy petals and signed their names for a display.  CMS teachers gave the students a poppy to wear on Veterans Day in honor of those who have served.

CENTRAL OFFICE AND BOARD OF EDUCATION – Central Office staff wore wear red, white and blue to work.  They collected the names of D300 staff members who are Veterans and recognize their service at the November 11 School Board meeting.

DESA – DESA, which is the D300 union of paraeducators, is again leading a collection for servicemen and women overseas.  This collection is hosted by Operation Support Our Troops.  Each school and the Central Office has its own item to collect.  Over the past few weeks, there have been collection boxes at every D300 building.  DESA has encouraged D300 teachers to educate and enlighten students about troop life in the desert.

HAMPSHIRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – New this year, HES hosted a Community Meal honoring veterans. In past years, HES had a Family Feast Day for Thanksgiving as well as a school assembly for Veterans Day. This year, HES is excited to combine the two events into one Community Meal, which was held in the school gym to honor veterans.  Other special guests included members of the village board, the Hampshire mayor, and local police and fire district members. ARAMARK Food Service served a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings.

HAMPSHIRE HIGH SCHOOL – On Veterans Day, HHS proudly honored over 30 local veterans at a special luncheon in the school library during 5th and 6th periods. The veterans were then escorted by National Honor Society members to classroom visits.

Additionally, HHS is currently planning the creation and design of a Memorial Freedom Wall in the school that will be dedicated to the men and women from our community who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The location of the wall that has been selected is on the second floor along the south end of the library overlooking the commons. The display will include historical documents of freedom, artwork, photographs and other important visuals that pertain to our veterans. Hampshire has played an important role in preserving freedom and liberty since its settlement in 1839. Local veterans have played an essential role in that story. A fund has been established to financially support this project. Donations are tax deductible and checks are to be made out to Hampshire High School. Any questions, please call Mr. Maher in the Social Studies Department at 847.792.3686.

HAMPSHIRE MIDDLE SCHOOL – HMS honored veterans at a school-wide assembly. The event featured guest speaker Noah Currier, who is a veteran and founder of the Oscar Mike Foundation.  His foundation is committed to helping injured veterans meet their physical goals and get “on the move.”  The assembly also included performances by the HMS band, choir, and orchestra, as well as recognition of veterans by the HMS Student Council.  A reception followed, coordinated by the HMS Parent Volunteer Club.

PARKVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Parkview students and staff carried forward a special tradition of walking together to nearby Carpenter Park for a Veterans Day Service at the site of the Veterans’ Garden.  To make this a community event, Parkview invited local military offices, the American Legion, the local VFW chapter, Carpentersville village board members, and D300 leadership.  A special invocation was given by a local clergyman. 

SLEEPY HOLLOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Sleepy Hollow hosted three special activities this Veterans Day.  There was a Fun Run in which all SHES students, staff, and interested veterans walked or ran around a course on the playground.  SHES held an assembly in which veterans were escorted on stage by their Sleepy Hollow relative(s) and honored according to their branch of service.  Third grade students  sung each branch’s hymn.  After the assembly, the veterans in attendance were invited to a social with their families, which took place in the school cafeteria.  Finally, the third grade students performed a Veterans Day musical!   

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