Amelia Earhart students honor veterans

Amelia Earhart students honor veterans

by Connie Thompson, Amelia Earhart Intermediate School
Stripes Okinawa

Students from Mrs. Collin’s 5th grade class learned about Veteran’s Day in the best possible way- interactive and hands-on.

Students were given an assignment to interview a veteran, write a poem based on that interview, write a thank you letter to a veteran and then work together to plan a program for the veterans.

“I like that we took the time to do something special for the veterans,” said student Amiya. “It shows we care.”

There was standing room only when 25 veterans came to Mrs. Collin’s 5th grade classroom at Amelia Earhart Intermediate School on Wednesday to be recognized and thanked for their service.  Each veteran was introduced by their 5th grade host. Following introductions, students read heartfelt letters and poems, sang a song and then presented their special guest with a handmade patriotic gift.

“I didn’t know anything about Veteran’s Day at first, but now I know a lot more including the poem “In Flander’s Field” and the story of the poppies,” said classmate Adler.

The veterans were incredibly touched by the thoughtfulness of the students and their teacher. Several students expressed their gratitude for the veterans as well as for the way their teacher, Mrs. Collins used this activity as a way to teach them about Veteran’s Day.

“This activity taught me how important veterans are and it’s easier to learn in a fun way,” said 5th-grader Aidan. “I’ll always remember this.”

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