The Woodward News

November 10, 2013

Schools offer Veteran's Day programs

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — For years in this area, it has become tradition for the individual schools to host a local Veteran's Day program and this year will be no different.  Veteran’s Day is Monday.

Here is a list of the events scheduled by area schools:

Buffalo High School will host a Veteran's Day program Monday at 10 a.m. according to Barbara Snell. The children will perform the program and some patriotic songs, Snell said. Veterans are invited to eat at lunch with the children in the school's cafeteria after the program and anyone is welcome to attend the program. "We encourage all the veterans to come and invite a friend if they want to bring someone,” Snell said.

Fargo High School will be hosting a Veteran's Day program Monday at 1 p.m., said Fargo High School Principal, Mrs. Sherri Tune. The event will feature a speaker - Master Sgt William Covalt a military veteran.

"Our band and choirs will be performing. The elementary music students will be performing as well as the Beta Club students, who will be doing some readings," she said. “We will also recognize and honor our veterans and the students will play Echo Taps."

Fort Supply High School will be hosting a Veteran's Day program according to Katie Wilburn. The program begins Monday at 9:45 a.m. "We have students who are giving speeches and the Pre-K through fourth grade will be handing out certificates to those veterans who attend,” Wilburn said. Veterans who wish to remain for lunch will be served by members of the student council.

Laverne School 4-H students will host a Veteran's Day program Monday at 10 a.m., in the auditorium, according to Carol Laverty. "We will be honoring our veterans who come," Laverty said. "The students had an essay contest at the high school. The title was 'What a Veteran Means to Me' and the winners will read their essay."

The Laverne Music Department will feature the music for the program and the Pre-K will be singing "God Bless America" while they sign.

Laverne High School graduate Eric Wheeler will sing the Star Spangled Banner. After the program, Veterans are invited to eat lunch in the school cafeteria, Laverty said.

Mooreland High School will be hosting their Veteran's Day program in the high school auditorium at 9 a.m. Monday, according to Mooreland Principal Ron Wilson. "We are having like five or six of local veterans speak on their own experiences, Wilson said. "We felt it was more personal this way."

According to Wilson, there will be a special power point program that features original photos of local veterans taken during there time in service. The high school choir will provide patriotic music.

Sharon-Mutual High School will feature this year's Veteran's Day program in the new gym at 9 a.m.,  according to Belinda Breisch. "The public is welcome to attend. We will be honoring and recognizing our veterans who come and our speaker is a former Army soldier and Marine who is currently an active FBI agent," she said.

Woodward Public Schools will feature two separate Veteran's Day Programs, according to Deputy Superintendent, Kyle Reynolds. "The ECC is having their programs for Veteran's Day on Friday and Monday," Reynolds said.

On Monday, the big elementary program-the second, third, fourth and fifth grade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the High School Auditorium. The public is invited.

"This will be packed and it is pretty powerful when you get that many young students singing together and paying tribute to the veterans," Reynolds said.

Reynolds said the high school students will observe a Veteran's Day Assembly at the high school later that day.