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Superintendent's Challenge to Have a Veterans Day Theme

Vernon students will be making keepsakes for veterans.

The 2012-13 Superintendent's Challenge is designed to give local students a chance to give something back to local veterans.

Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway said that, in honor of Veterans Day, she is challenging all students in all local schools to write a card, letter, or create a drawing to honor those who served.

"Veterans Day honors all American veterans," she said. "The Vernon public schools would like to thank our veterans for their dedicated and loyal service to our country.

"What a great way to ensure that on November 11th our Veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices that they have made in their lives to keep our country free."

The cards, letters, and drawings will be collected on Nov 1 from each school and given to local Veterans.

The school that hands in the most cards, letters, drawings will receive the Superintendent's Challenge trophy, Conway said.

Dee brock October 03, 2012 at 10:59 AM
I find it interesting that Veterans Day has been taken out of the school calendar as a holiday. It is now, for some not all, considered a floating holiday. So take another day for yourself and forget what the real meaning of the day off is.
Tax Payer October 03, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I'm glad it is off of the school calendar as a holiday. Last year I think my children learned more about what the holdiday was about by going to school on Verterans Day.
Chris Dehnel (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Kathleen makes a good point because it is indeed being weaved into the curriculum that day.
tdm October 03, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Kids will learn more in school than out. Most employers I know do not give this day off. Should be like this for many other holidays students have off as well. But for Veterans Day there are many great things that can happen in school for this - invite veterans to speak, hold a story hour for students to read to veterans. Writing letters is a great idea! Not sure why it needs to be a competition. It should just be a kind gesture to humankind.
Nancy Krupienski October 03, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I also agree the kids are getting more out of it by attending school and being exposed to activities that truly celebrate the veterans and their sacrifice. A day off is great if parents are exposing the kids to the reason for the holiday, but if they are just hanging out at home watching tv or playing video games it has lost its meaning.

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