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RSD #17 Celebrates Veterans in Our Schools

By Kathy Brown.

HKMS Veterans Appreciation Breakfast

Approximately 40 veterans participated in the Haddam Killingworth Middle School’s Veterans Day celebration on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. First, they held an Appreciation Breakfast, then a Veteran visited each of the classrooms to speak with the students about why they chose the military, how that experience impacted their life, and what makes them proud to be a veteran, among other things. “We hoped to honor the work and sacrifices of the veterans in our lives, and teach our students the importance of serving one’s country,” said Dolores Bates, HKMS Principal.

Eric Larson, Principal of Haddam Killingworth Intermediate School, gave a call to service using both Ted Williams, the famous hitter for the Red Sox and a marine in WW2 and Korea as well as his father, a Captain in the Navy, as examples, at the assembly they held at HKIS on Friday, Nov. 8. The HKIS chorus sang a medley of patriotic songs, finishing with the Star Spangled Banner. Also, the staff and students of HKIS acted out a dramatic reading of “The Wall” by Eve Bunting, about a father and son looking for the name of their grandfather at the Vietnam War Memorial. According to Mr. Larson, they finished by reading the names of each veteran or current service person present at the assembly and their connection to the student or staff member of the school.
KES Assembly

Killingworth Elementary School held a Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday as well. Twenty veterans attended the assembly, which included performances by every grade and class in the school. “All of the veterans were related to our students, mostly grandparents and some parents,” explained Dennis Reed, KES Principal. “All of the branches of the armed services were represented.

After the assembly, they held a small reception for the Veterans. “At the conclusion of the program, many veterans stayed and chatted more intimately with our third grade students where they had an opportunity to have more of a question and answer session.”

Photo of HKMS courtesy of Dolores Bates. Photo of KES courtesy of Dennis Reed.



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