November 18, 2016

First and second graders honor veterans over breakfast - By Lynn Dodd

On Tuesday, November 8, while most of the adults in our country were casting their votes, the first and second graders at Windham Christian Academy were busy honoring our Veterans with the second annual veterans’ breakfast. 

Students found a veteran from their family or neighborhood, church or community to interview in order to learn more about what it means to serve in our armed forces. It is important to us to make sure that the next generation understands the sacrifices these men and women have made and continue to make to keep our country safe and allow us the freedoms we enjoy. This is an event that truly requires “all hands on deck” as students developed the menu, the program and did the set-up and clean-up with help from parents who sent in items or came and helped cook and serve. 

On November 8, 14 veterans joined the class as a way to say thank-you to those aunts, uncles, grandparents, parents, neighbors, and family friends who have served or are now serving our country. We began the morning just as we do every day in our classroom with the pledge of allegiance to the American flag, the Christian flag, and the Bible. Then we all sang out the National Anthem and had prayer. 

After a wonderful breakfast of pancakes, eggs, muffins and fruit served by parent volunteers, the students recited a poem and gave our guests thank-you letters they had created. Many of our veteran guests remarked how much they appreciated being honored in this way. 

One grandmother who had served in the Navy sent a thank-you letter after the event saying, “Thank you for the wonderful breakfast. Thank you for remembering the veterans. This was so thoughtful of you. The food was delicious, the decorations were beautiful. You guys all worked so hard”. 

We have learned that this grandmother and all the veterans are really the ones that worked hard, and we thank each and every one of you for your service.

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