COMMENTARY: An inspiring day at Memorial School

Leading up to Veterans Day, Middlefield’s Memorial School participated in several events to educate students about the veterans within their families, community, and nationwide. Activities took place throughout the week and culminated on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The day began with our local Cub Scouts raising the flag. As students entered the building they were greeted with a display case containing artifacts from our military and flags representing each branch of the military.

Prior to Veterans Day, Memorial School families were asked to contribute photos and information about the veterans from their own families. This information was put into a slideshow shown in the front foyer and in each classroom throughout the day. The images created a rich discussion.

Students were so inspired by this activity that many created posters to display their family members. Those posters turned into a Wall of Honor displayed outside many classrooms.

Throughout Veterans Day, students participated in a school-wide gallery walk where they answered questions about the holiday based on the information included on their classroom doors, which they had decorated using information learned throughout the week. This provided them both a personal and interactive experience.

At 11 a.m. many students gathered to watch President Biden lay a wreath at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.

The day culminated with our entire student body gathering outside to listen to the fifth grade chorus sing patriotic songs. Additionally, two Coginchaug Regional High School musicians played Taps as the flag was lowered by members of the Boy Scouts.

On Nov. 11, Memorial School took time to remember, honor and learn about what it means to be a veteran. This special day was spent learning about those people who put country over self.

Our students and families were truly inspired.

Amy MacKay is a fifth grade
reading teacher at Memorial School.

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