Principal’s Corner: Honoring Veterans Day in the Albert Lea schools

Published 11:40 pm Thursday, November 9, 2017

Principal’s Corner by Judi Vitito

“In fact, Veterans Day is celebrated on a day of peace. On Nov. 11th, 1918, “The Great War,” which we now call World War I, had ended. The fighting was over. The world celebrated the promise of peace.” This quote, part of Hawthorne’s annual Veterans Day recognition, helps to educate children and the community about this important day that is celebrated throughout our schools and country.

Judi Vitito

Although Veterans Day is always observed on Nov. 11, schools in Albert Lea will recognize Veterans Day in a variety of ways today. At Hawthorne, we approach this day as a  learning opportunity incorporating music, art and literacy. This year  fourth- and fifth-grade students have been diligently preparing for a music concert to honor veterans in our community. The program begins with a brief reader’s theater, where students read a script to the audience.  Throughout the fall, students learn patriotic songs such as the “Star Spangled Banner,”  “My Country Tis of Thee,” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and look forward to performing for an audience consisting of younger students, parents and veterans. On this special day, veterans travel from school to school to be present at each concert with Legion Post 56 leading a flag-folding presentation.  The program culminates with a heartfelt photo presentation recognizing  those who have served our country. And while the music entertains and celebrates, the art created by all of our Hawthorne students is a feast for the eyes. Banners of red, white and blue adorned with stars, glitter and hearts decorate the gymnasium. Finally, to show our gratitude, students created thank you cards to give to the veterans as they make their way to the next stop on their journey. 

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On behalf of Hawthorne, and all the schools in Albert Lea, we thank all veterans for your dedication to our country.

Judy Vitito is the principal at Hawthorne Elementary School.