Mason City Schools Celebrate and Honor Veterans

Mason City Schools Celebrate and Honor Veterans
Posted on 11/30/2018

Mason City Schools Celebrate and Honor VeteransStudents and staff throughout the Mason City School District celebrated and honored Veterans with parades, letters, breakfasts, songs, and more on November 9.

Mason Intermediate/Mason Middle School
MI held its eleventh annual school-wide Veteran's Day Parade and Celebration sponsored by the MI PTO.


The Veteran’s Day Program began with MI staff and fifth grade students being seated and veterans entering the gym as patriotic music filled the air and students cheered and waved flags. Once everyone was seated, a student welcome was given, followed by Holly Schreier and choir leading everyone in singing The Star Spangled Banner. Other Choir tunes included This Land is Your Land, You’re a Grand Old Flag, and God Bless America. MI principal Eric Messer then thanked everyone for coming, and dismissed for the Parade that followed.


“Thanks for all you have done to make this a memorable day for our students and the Veterans,” shared Messer to the crowd.


The parade traveled the route from the 45 gym to the 56 cafeteria, with Jim Vennemeyer and staff band leading the way, and sixth, seventh and eighth grade students waved hand held flags in the hallways of MI as Veterans and their student hosts walk the parade route.  


Western Row
This year, Western Row third grade teacher Kelly Gholz's classroom wrote letters to two brothers, TJ is an Army Ranger and Michael is in the Air Force.

"Both have been deployed multiple times, but are currently working at Fort Bragg. These men are cousins to a child in my class," shared Gholz.

"There is have an uncle of one of my student's serving as a Navy chaplain stationed at Parris Island, SC, the marine basic training base," explained Gholz. "He is going to pass our letters out to the men and woman going through basic training. They need encouragement and the chance to be recognized for their bravery as well."
"I love that students get excited to send their gratitude to the men and women who are serving our country. Since we can send letters to their family members, it means a lot to them and myself as a way to connect with our community and make a difference," added Gholz.

Mason Early Childhood Center
Students in MECC teachers Tina Darling, Deidre Haberstroh, and Michelle Hastings classrooms sent home hearts that kids and their families filled out with names of loved ones who have served or are serving.

"We each displayed the hearts in different ways, read books about veterans and did projects. Mrs. Haberstroh also had two veterans come in and speak with her class," shared Hastings.

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