Three years ago, my husband and I moved from Ohio to Virginia to pursue teaching jobs. We teach 20 miles outside of D.C. and three years later, I am still amazed at the military presence in our area. A lot of (if not the majority) of our students have parents and other family members in the military. This makes holidays like Veterans Day extra special, as there are so many personal connections in the school community. One of my favorite traditions at our school is the Veterans Day slide show. Families can send in photos of family members who have served, and our guidance counselor compiles them into a slide show that is shown continuously throughout the day via our school news channel. It gives me chills every year! A patriotic gal myself, I am so thrilled and honored to be a part of such a special community of people.
That being said, it is important to me every year to drive home the reason for our celebrations. This year, we focused on the word “hero.” We created an anchor chart to describe what the word means to us. The drawing is all mine, but the words are all my kiddos. I am constantly amazed and moved to tears by their thoughts–what a blessing to teach this age!
Thank you to all of our armed forces who have sacrificed so much! What a great example you set for our children and our country. God Bless!