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FISD Schools to Honor Veterans (October, 2006)

Frisco schools will honor the men and women who have served our country in the military throughout the week of November 6-10 with a variety of special programs. Citizens are invited to attend these programs and remember the sacrifice of our military service people now and in the past.

Smith Elementary School began hosting a Veterans Day program a few years ago under the direction of then Assistant Principal Stevie Pudik. Ms. Pudik retired at the end of last school year but the popular event continues. The event includes a flag ceremony by military personnel, patriotic music by the choir, poetry recitations and is accompanied by a video montage. The Smith program is scheduled for 8:15 and 9:15 a.m. in the school cafeteria and at 7 p.m. for parents unable to attend the morning programs. The event is open to the public but visitors must check in at the office as they arrive.  

Other  have followed the Smith example and are providing similar programs that parents and other residents might like to attend including Shawnee Trail Elementary. On Thursday, November 9, at 7 p.m., Shawnee Trail will feature special musical productions and a Wall of Honor with paper bricks honoring military personnel. This year’s program includes 225 children and is called “Rockin’ Adventure in the USA.” Those who have been in the service are invited to attend and encouraged to bring memorabilia or medals, according to school officials. Pink Elementary is having its special Veterans Day program at 8 a.m. on Friday, according to Principal Robert Nickel. Ashley Elementary School is having their program on the 10th at 8:30 a.m. Their special guest is J. B. Worley of the United States Army and students will also be creating cards to send to the area Veteran’s Administration hospital.  Other FISD elementary schools may be having similar programs. Check with your neighborhood school for information.

FISD middle schools are also honoring our nation’s veterans with special events that the public is welcome to attend. Tuesday November 7 at 7 p.m. Staley Middle School Orchestra under the direction of Christine Wagner will present a patriotic concert for veterans and the local VFW Post will present the colors at the event. Staley students will present a plaque to the VFW. Staley is hoping any veterans or families with persons serving in the military will feel free to attend the event. Then on Friday, November 10 throughout the day, residents are encouraged to visit Pioneer Heritage Middle School where patriotic displays honoring veterans will be set up along the walkways outside the school. Kenny Chandler, principal of Wester Middle School says his school is devoting the entire week to Celebrate Freedom. Students are studying the literature and history of the Vietnam War, the creation of the Vietnam War Memorial, they are participating in a mock Texas Gubernatorial Election and math classes will be studying the statistics of the election process. During the holiday season Wester students will also send letters to soldiers who are serving our country overseas, Chandler said.