PITTSBURG — Lakeside Elementary School K-Kids continued their more than 10-year tradition of honoring veterans on Friday with a special meet and greet reception.
In the school’s auditorium K-Kids and their veterans ate snacks at specially decorated tables with handmade placemats, which the students wrote their thanks on for the veterans — veteran moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
The whole event was student led and supported by their co-sponsors.
“This project to honor veterans for what they have done for our country,” Fifth Grader Nolan Turnbull said.
Fifth Grader Gabe Kimzey agreed.
“We do it each year for veterans who served in the past and right now,” he said.
Fourth Grader Zoe Goode said they wanted to give thanks by singing songs and reading poems.
Co-Sponsor and Fourth grade Teacher Babs Tims said the students wanted to do something for veterans and the students took the reins on all the decisions.
They shared their thanks with food, poetry, cards, songs and a powerpoint.
Co Sponsor Adam Brown helped make a powerpoint which had photographs of the students, teachers and faculty’s special veteran, Tims said.
“Even though they can’t be here that day they can be in the powerpoint,” she said.
Tims said the students also needed to know why Veterans Day was celebrated and so each student did research, which they shared on stage.
“They researched and learned there was much more to it and what they read was their research … if we are going to celebrate it we need to know what day we are celebrating,” she said.
“They do all their own writing, what they want to say, choose their own poetry, choose the songs — this is theirs, we just make it happen.”
The students will share their research once more during an assembly for the whole student body at Lakeside to teach them about Veterans day.
Turnbull said he learned about Veterans Day from helping put on this event.
“I learned a lot about 1919 and President Woodrow Wilson declaring Armistice Day for men who died in war to honor them,” he said.
Tims praised and thanked the school’s staff and Ron’s Supermarket for helping make the event more special by providing food for the event.
“We do money makers but we don’t have a big treasury so they donated all the food and Ron’s Supermarket donated — Ron is veteran — he donated a food tray and all of that,” she said. “They helped tremendously than what the children can do by themselves.”
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