Students Learn About, Thank Those Who Serve on Veterans Day

Students Learn About, Thank Those Who Serve on Veterans Day
Shawnee Mission School District

Across the district on Nov. 11, students found multiple ways to demonstrate their gratitude for those who have served in the military.

At Christa McAuliffe, students and staff continued a 16-year tradition of honoring Veterans with an all-school ceremony. Each year, the school invites a guest speaker to share their thoughts on the day with students, but this year provided students a unique opportunity. It marked the first time students had the chance to hold an individualized question and answer session with their guest speaker, which Principal Orr referred to as a “tremendous opportunity.”

This year, Navy Sr. Chief Petty Officer Derek Barnett, a McAuliffe parent of a second and fourth grader served as a guest speaker for the school. He filmed a video about the history of Veterans’ Day, featuring footage from the World War I Museum and a Presentation of the Colors from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7397. To prepare, students also read a book about symbols of remembrance for those who lost their lives in the line of duty called “America’s White Table.”

On Veterans Day, Barnett met with students from each grade level through a video chat so students could ask him questions.  Sixth graders asked him about his decision to serve, experience with training, travel opportunities, and what skills he gained from joining the military.

Many students across the district created artwork, wrote messages of thanks, and took time to learn more about the day and what it means for the United States.