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Schools planning Veterans Day events

By The Herald Staff | 11/7/2012

Efforts to celebrate local veterans are getting a boost from another group of schoolchildren.

A Veterans Day observance is planned for 2 p.m. Monday in the commons area at Ottawa Middle School, 1230 S. Ash St. In addition to performances by a student band and vocal music groups, a guest speaker is set to talk with students about what it is really like to serve in harm’s way, Jason Circle, OMS industrial technology teacher, said.

Efforts to celebrate local veterans are getting a boost from another group of schoolchildren.

A Veterans Day observance is planned for 2 p.m. Monday in the commons area at Ottawa Middle School, 1230 S. Ash St. In addition to performances by a student band and vocal music groups, a guest speaker is set to talk with students about what it is really like to serve in harm’s way, Jason Circle, OMS industrial technology teacher, said.

“[The event will] conclude with all in attendance leaving the commons in absolute silence,” Circle said. “It will give you goose bumps to see that many students moving silently.”

The Ottawa school’s celebration is one of several student events in Franklin County honoring Veterans Day.

Central Heights once again will have its Veterans Day activities Friday, Scott Lane, history teacher and organizer of the event, said.

The day will start with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the school, 3521 Ellis Road  Richmond, Lane said, followed by an assembly at 9:30 a.m. A featured speaker, Jesse Randall, will share his experiences flying as a chopper pilot in Vietnam, and patriotic songs will be performed by the school’s band and swing group.

A class of first-graders will recite the Pledge of Allegiance, while performing sign language to it.

After the ceremony, students will have the opportunity to talk with and meet recognized veterans.

“It’s definitely something we all look forward to, to have the kids get to have personal contact with the veterans who have done so much for them,” Lane said. “It really makes an impact on the kids.”

Area veterans also will be in attendance at the Wellsville school district’s Veterans Day ceremony Monday.

The program, which begins at 10 a.m. and is organized by the American Legion, also will feature patriotic tunes by the school’s musical groups, in addition to featured speaker Maj. Aaron Thomas, a firing squad salute and the retirement of the colors.

The Wellsville program, which has been presented for more than four decades, lasts about an hour, Sheldon Pokorney, principal at Wellsville High School, said.

“It is a good program,” Pokorney said. “I think it’s good for our kids to see this. … It’s good for them to know what veterans do, what they’ve done for the country. It gives them more of an appreciation for the military.”

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