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Snoqualmie Middle School to honor Valley veterans

This year, the students and staff at Snoqualmie Middle School will be celebrating the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces.

On Monday, Nov. 10, the middle school assembly will take place. Our entire school will take part in honoring the contributions of all veterans. We want to specifically spotlight the veterans in our staff and in our community. This celebration of the contributions of brave men and women has been designed and orchestrated by the students of our school, and has allowed us to form a deeper connection with veterans and other local organizations.

Among the veteran guests to be thanked and recognized is war hero Jerry Hillburn. Mr. Hillburn is currently a technology teacher. He has been teaching at this school for 16 years and is admired by all his students and co-workers. His love for teaching was first realized at a military engineering campus, which inspired his teaching career. During the assembly, he will share his experiences in the army in Vietnam. Along with Mr. Hillburn, SMS will be honoring other veterans such as David Cruz, a fellow teacher at SMS, and Bill Staggs, a local veteran and relative of one of our students. Mr. Staggs is a proud veteran of World War II.

SMS will also have a PowerPoint presentation filled with pictures and symbols of America’s soldiers being patriotic, and quotes that remind students to realize how much gratitude these veterans deserve. A video will also be shown, that follows the “man on the street” interview style. Students and staff are asked what Veterans Day means to them, both personally and what they think it means to us as a school. One student replied to the question, “Veterans Day means honoring the people who have served for our country.”

The assembly will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the eighth-grade choir singing our national anthem. Also on the program is distribution of the gifts made for the veterans who will be attending the assembly.

Ms. Constance Clarke’s eighth grade High-C English class is organizing the event, creating a personal scrapbook for each veteran who has been invited to visit. The scrapbooks contain poetry, quotes, and pictures pertaining to Veterans Day. They also include a certificate of thanks and recognition, the program of the assembly, and a few empty pages for the veterans to add their own memories.

It is plain to see that the upcoming holiday has awakened this school’s inner patriot. Snoqualmie Middle School goals for this assembly are to honor, acknowledge, remember, celebrate and most of all thank the veterans of our country.

• Students Rachel Hayford, Danielle Burns, Jordy Larsen, Lexie Read and Sal Francisco of Snoqualmie Middle School contributed this guest column.

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