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Westonka Celebrates Veterans Day

Westonka Celebrates Veterans Day

At Mound Westonka High School, veterans were honored in a public display.
Click on the above image for more pictures from Veterans Day activities across the district.

November 12, 2020 — Students across the Westonka School District celebrated Veterans Day on November 11, honoring all those who have served our country in war or peace.

At Shirley Hills Primary School, kindergartners in Beth Hausladen and Olivia Ronningen’s classes created stars with their families’ help to honor veterans that they know. They also wrote letters drew pictures of soldiers to send to current soldiers overseas thanking them for their service. Lisa Anderson’s first-graders shared decorated stars for the special veterans in their families.

Fourth-graders in Melissa Bray’s music class performed "You're a Grand Old Flag" by holding up the lyrics while a recording of their voices from last year played in a video.

At Hilltop Primary School, Veterans Day this year was celebrated on zoom. Student council students presented information on Veterans Day and a portion of last year’s Veterans Day concert was shared. Special guests joined via zoom in classrooms throughout the day for "Ask a Veteran."

“We use the day to learn about the contributions of our veterans and to say thanks,” said Grandview Middle School Principal Christy Zachow. The fifth-grade language arts classes took part in video and writing assignments, along with writing letters to veterans. The sixth- and seventh-graders learned about the history of Veterans Day and took part in a virtual discussion about it.

In what has become an annual tradition, the Veterans Day Wall of Honor was assembled and displayed at Mound Westonka High School in November. Students, staff and parents were invited to submit stories of veterans in their families, which were hung as profile posters along the windows in the Student Commons. Student Senate also created a video.

“We are humbled to recognize our veterans on Veterans Day,” said MWHS Principal Mark McIlmoyle, who thanked Student Senate for the meaningful observance of this important day.