FRONTENAC — Photographs of veterans who graduated from Frontenac High School will adorn a Frank Layden Elementary School Hallway soon.

Frank Layden Elementary Fourth Grade Teacher Phyllis Smith is asking for submissions of photographs of FHS graduates who are military veterans to be put on a special board in the school’s hallway which is to connect students with family members in the military, teach them history and to teach the students about respect.

“The entire elementary school is focusing on the word respect,” Smith said. “It falls into that so well.”

Her students have been decorating a bulletin board with pictures and stories about their ancestors. Smith thought it would be nice to do something similar to honor veterans.

“There are several young people in the military,” she said. “You don’t realize how many — there are three to four recent grads in the military right now.”

The idea came to her when she scrolled through Facebook and ran across one of her friends, which is a former Frontenac High School graduate and in the military.

Smith said the bulletin board will be available for the public to view before and after the  Veterans Day assembly at 10 a.m. November 10 at the school. During the assembly, the students will sings songs, and soldiers will be honored and their names will be read.

Smith said people can email a photograph with the person’s name, branch of military and the year he or she graduated from Frontenac High School to, or submissions can be left at the elementary school office.
Smith said she hopes to fill more than one board with the veteran’s photographs and to continue the project every year.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.