On Tuesday morning, about 15 first and second graders at Windham Christian Academy started their day by hosting a pancake breakfast for local Veterans.
According to first and second grade teacher Lynn Dodd, she was inspired by her husband’s 20 years of service to organize the breakfast.
“I’m very passionate about Veterans’ issues,” she said.
Over the past two weeks, students have learned about the sacrifices made by armed forces members, and have learned about the many different jobs they perform.
“[It’s] a very important history, and there’s not much of that teaching,” said Dodd.
Dodd said that the students were asked to find a Veteran in their community, interview them, and invite them to the breakfast.
“It’s the first [breakfast], and first annual,” said Dodd. “It’s a really great learning experience. They’ve learned a lot about what it means to be a Veteran.”
Isaiah Irish, a student at Windham Christian Academy, was excited to interview a Veteran.
“I asked him how many years he had served,” said Irish. “I learned that running in boots is hard,” he said.
After the breakfast, the first and second graders recited a poem they memorized in honor of the Veterans, and presented them with gift baskets.
Veterans at the breakfast served in a number of military branches. A number of students brought their parents to the breakfast, some still on active duty. After the ceremony, the students were given poppies and given a brief history lesson on the US Flag.
“[Students] feel like they have a way to know about the freedoms that these people had to give up,” said Veteran Jennifer Eaton, who attended the ceremony with her son.