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(Neb.)-Students Honor Local Veterans With Unique Programs And Events

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 12/11/2012 10:03 AM

(LINCOLN)-More than 200 Nebraska schools are being recognized by Secretary of State John Gale for hosting Veterans Day events this year. Teachers say these events continue to be well received by students, their communities, and most importantly, local veterans.
Many schools invite servicemen and women to share their experiences during those programs. “They can be quite moving for those in attendance,” said Sec. Gale. “It’s really something for those veterans to see how young people respond to their stories. It’s a very public way for our communities to say, ‘Thank you.’”
Gale was invited to speak at two assemblies this year at FremontHigh School in Fremont and IrvingMiddle School in Lincoln. “I’m always inspired by the variety of programs that the schools put together. We provide a detailed and helpful template that schools can follow on our web site. But many schools go above and beyond in their planning. My office heard from several schools that served either breakfast or lunch to the veterans who attended their programs.”
Gale sponsors the Honor a Veteran program, which encourages schools to host Veterans Day events as a way to promote civics education as well as recognize the contributions and sacrifices of veterans. “In 2011, 157 schools took part in the program,” explained Gale. “This year we saw quite a leap in participation. That’s very encouraging, and I hope that even more schools will see the benefit of organizing these events.”
Veterans Day programs can include the presentation of the colors, the national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic music, student readings and a keynote address. Those organized this year involved other elements as well. SDA Public Schools in Syracuse awarded checks to students who had winning entries in a Voice of Democracy Essay Contest sponsored by the VFW. The program at MadisonHigh School featured a student-made video. At Elm Creek Public Schools, students were treated to a demonstration by military dogs and their handlers from Offutt Air Force Base.
“Less than one percent of our citizens serve in our armed forces. They are the backbone for defending our nation as well as promoting freedom in the world,” said Gale. We should say ‘Thank you’ every chance we get both to veterans and to those in active service.”
Gale sent certificates of appreciation to each school and classroom that notified his office that it held a 2012 Veterans Day event.
Schools Holding Events
AdamsCounty: Hastings Middle School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Silver Lake Public School
Antelope County: Neligh-Oakdale Public Schools, Unified #1 District
Arthur County: Arthur County Schools
Boone County: Boone Central High School; Boone Central Middle School, St. Edward Public School
Box Butte County: Alliance Public Schools
Boyd County: Lynch Public School, West Boyd School
Brown County: Ainsworth Community Schools
Buffalo County: Gibbon Public Schools, Kearney Public Schools, Shelton Public School, Horizon Middle School, Sunrise Middle School, Elm Creek Public Schools
Burt County: Oakland-Craig Public Schools, Tekamah-Herman Schools, Lyons-Decatur Northeast Public School
Butler County: East Butler Public Schools
Cass County: Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools, Louisville Public Schools, Plattsmouth Community School, Weeping Water Public Schools
Cedar County: Coleridge Community School, Randolph Public Schools, Wynot Public School
Chase County: Chase County Schools
Cherry County: Cody-Kilgore Unified School District, German Settlement School, Goose Creek Rural School, ValentineHigh School, Wood LakeSchool, Cutcomb Lake County School
Cheyenne County: Potter-Dix Schools
Clay County: Harvard Public School
Colfax County: Howells-Dodge Public Schools, North Bend Central Public Schools, Leigh Community School
Cuming County: Wisner-Pilger Schools, Bancroft-Rosalie School, West Point Public Schools
Custer County: Anselmo-Merna School, Arnold Public Schools, Callaway Public School, Sargent Public School, Broken Bow Middle & High School
Dakota County: Homer Community Schools
Dawes County: Chadron Public Schools, Crawford Public Schools
Dawson County: Cozad Public Schools, Gothenburg Public Schools
Deuel County: Creek Valley Schools
Dixon County: Ponca Public Schools, Wakefield CommunitySchool
Dodge County: Johnson Crossing Academic Center, North Bend Central Public Schools, Scribner-Snyder Community Schools, Fremont Senior High School
Douglas County: Bennington Public Schools, Douglas County West Community Schools, Elkhorn High School, Elkhorn Public Schools, Millard Public Schools, Ralston Schools, Lewis & Clark Middle School, West Dodge Station, Hillrise Elementary School, Fire Ridge Elementary School, Holling Heights Elementary, Kiewit Middle School, Cottonwood Elementary School, Westside Community Schools, Oakdale Elementary School, Paddock Road Elementary School, Westbrook Elementary School, Swanson Elementary School, Westside Middle School, Hillside Elementary School, Loveland Elementary School, Rockbrook Elementary School, Prairie Lane School, Sunset Hills School, Westgate School, Westside High School
Dundy County: Dundy County Stratton Schools
Fillmore County: Fillmore Central Schools, Exeter-MilliganSchools
Franklin County: Franklin High School
Frontier County: Eustis-Farnam Public Schools, Maywood Public Schools
Furnas County: Cambridge Public School, Southern Valley Elementary School
Gage County: Beatrice Middle School, Beatrice High School, Freeman Public Schools
Garden County: Garden County Schools
Greeley County: Greeley-Wolbach Public School
Hall County: Centura Public Schools, Doniphan-Trumbull Public School, Walnut Middle School, Wood River Rural Schools, Grand Island Public Schools, Starr Elementary School, West Lawn Elementary School, Howard Elementary School, Grand Island Senior High
Hamilton County: Hampton Public School, Aurora Public Schools
Harlan County: Alma Public Schools
Hitchcock County: Hitchcock County Schools
Holt County: Ewing Public School, O’Neill Public Schools, Stuart Public Schools
Hooker County: Mullen Public Schools
Howard County: St. Paul Public School
Jefferson County: Fairbury Public Schools, Meridian Public Schools, Tri County Public School
Johnson County: Nemaha Valley Schools, Sterling Public Schools
Kearney County: C. L. Jones Middle School, Wilcox-Hildreth Public School, Axtell Community School
Keith County: Ogallala Elementary Schools, Ogallala Public Schools
Kimball County: Kimball Public Schools
Knox County: Creighton Community Schools, Niobrara Public Schools, SanteeCommunitySchools
Lancaster County: District 145 (Waverly), Lux Middle School, Fredstrom Elementary
Lincoln County: Brady Public Schools, Hershey Public Schools, Sutherland Public School, Wallace School District, Maxwell Public Schools
Logan County: Stapleton Public Schools
Loup County: Loup City Public Schools, Loup County Schools
Nance County: Fullerton High School
Nemaha County: Auburn Public Schools, Johnson-BrockSchools
Nuckolls County: Superior Junior & Senior High
Madison County: Battle Creek Public School, Bel Air Elementary School, Elkhorn Valley Schools, Madison Public Schools, Norfolk High School, Norfolk Middle School, Washington Elementary School, Woodland Park Elementary
McPherson County: McPherson County Schools
Merrick County: Palmer Public Schools
Morrill County: Bridgeport Public Schools
Otoe County: Nebraska City Public Schools, SDA Public Schools, District OR-1 Public Schools
Pawnee County: Lewiston Consolidated Schools, Pawnee City Public Schools
Perkins County: Grant Elementary School
Phelps County: Bertrand Community School, Holdrege Public Schools
Pierce County: Pierce Public Schools, Plainview Public Schools
Platte County: Lost Creek Elementary School, Columbus Public Schools
Polk County: Cross County Community School, Osceola Public School, Shelby-Rising City Public Schools, High Plains Community Schools
Richardson County: Falls City Public Schools
Rock County: Rock County Schools
Saline County: Crete Middle School, Dorchester Public School, Friend Public Schools, Wilber Clatonia Public Schools
Sarpy County: Springfield-Platteview Community Schools
Saunders County: Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools, Cedar Bluffs Public School, Yutan Junior & Senior High School, Heartland Community Schools, McCool Junction Public School
Scotts Bluff County: Gering Public Schools, Morrill Public Schools, Northfield Elementary, Lincoln Elementary School
Seward County: Milford Public Schools, Seward Public Schools
Sheridan County: Gordon-Rushville Schools, Hay Springs Public Schools
Stanton County: Stanton Community Schools, Stanton Elementary School
Thayer County: Bruning Public School, Bruning-Davenport Unified School District, Deshler Public Schools, Thayer Central Community Schools, Thayer Central Community Schools
Thurston County: Pender School District, Walthill Public School, Winebago Public School
Valley County: North Loup-Scotia Schools
Washington County: Arlington Public Schools, Blair Community Schools
Wayne County: Wayne Community Schools, Winside Public School
Webster County: Blue Hill Community School, Red Cloud Community Schools
Wheeler County: Wheeler Central Schools
York County: York Middle School
--Office of Secretary of State John Gale


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