Bend-La Pine Schools, students who honor veterans in various ways


BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Schools across Bend-La Pine Schools are finding creative and heartfelt ways to honor Veterans’ service this week on Veterans Day, November 11th. From writing letters and thank you cards to collecting supplies for veterans, students, and staff members stretch out to honor and celebrate local veterans.

“Thursday is Veterans Day, and I am proud to see so many of our schools and students take the time to reflect on and appreciate the sacrifices and contributions veterans have made to our country and community “Said Superintendent Steven Cook.

Here are just a few of the ways schools and students honor veterans:

Mail Call for Honor Flight: Megan Silvey, assistant principal at La Pine Elementary School, helped coordinate a major card and letter writing campaign across the district involving teachers from at least eight schools. Middle and elementary school students have written hundreds of letters and cards to share with veterans attending the Honor flight from central Oregon Program. Each veteran who will fly to a Washington, DC war memorial will receive a surprise Mail Call box with letters and cards thanking them for their service and showing the veterans their appreciation that their sacrifices have not been forgotten.

“The veterans in this program feel so good to be recognized. It’s really heartwarming. I hope students learn the importance of honoring our veterans and why it is important to thank them for their service and how they spent their time risking their lives for us and our freedom ” said Silvey.

Homeless Veterans Donations: Summit High School Social Justice Club members collect toiletries and toiletries and volunteer maintenance assistance at Veterans Village, a community of transitional shelters that provides services and shelter to homeless veterans. The association hands over the donations on Wednesday afternoon.

Parade and volunteering: The La Pine High School NJROTC Color Guard participates in the La Pine Veterans Day Parade and then volunteers to serve chili with the Band of Sisters organization.

Flag line at soccer game: The Summit High School football game on Friday night will feature a flag line for the national anthem organized by the Band of Brothers veterans group in Bend.

Write reflection: Each year at William E. Miller Elementary School, fourth grade teacher Stephanie Rodgers asks students to write a reflection on Veterans Day with prompts such as: Do you know a veteran? What can we do to thank American veterans? etc. She says the exercise is always meaningful, filled with family stories and feelings. The class also made homemade cards for the Save a Warrior and Veterans Village programs.

Handwritten cards: Middle school students at Three Rivers School wrote handwritten cards for local veterans.

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