Ridgefield students honor veterans


Each school created its own unique Veterans Day program to distribute to the students

RIDGEFIELD – Veterans Day is a time to honor the service of all military veterans.  This year, instead of Veterans Day assemblies, the schools took their events online, with photos, videos, and presentations.  Classes used the online events to spark discussion about military service and remembrance.

South Ridge Elementary created a slideshow to teach students about Veterans Day and to honor those who have served. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District
South Ridge Elementary created a slideshow to teach students about Veterans Day and to honor those who have served. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District

Each school created its own unique Veterans Day program to distribute to the students.  Many elements of the programs were created by students, including moving interviews with family members in the military, artwork, research projects, and patriotic music.    

Union Ridge Elementary created a video showing the military family members of students.  Some families had many generations of military service.  Students also created original artwork to display at Seasons Coffee Shop, where an entire wall was covered with drawings to thank veterans for their military service. 

Seasons Coffee Shop put up an entire wall of artwork and letters from students at Union Ridge Elementary. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District
Seasons Coffee Shop put up an entire wall of artwork and letters from students at Union Ridge Elementary. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District
Seasons Coffee Shop in downtown Ridgefield proudly displayed a Veterans Day poster from Union Ridge Elementary. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District
Seasons Coffee Shop in downtown Ridgefield proudly displayed a Veterans Day poster from Union Ridge Elementary. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District

South Ridge Elementary designed a slideshow to educate students on the meaning of Veterans Day.  It included lessons on Veterans Day, the colors in the American flag, and citizenship.  And it tied the lessons back to their character trait lesson for October, which was resilience.  They also included photos of family members in military service.

Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School leadership students worked together to create an interactive presentation for an online assembly.  They started with student presentations, including patriotic music and reports on Veterans Day and the flag.  Holding the event online allowed for very personal Veterans Day tributes, with some students interviewing family members about their military service.   There was also a video of students leading the Missing Man Table ceremony to honor fallen veterans, and another video with photos of family members in the military.            

Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School worked together to create a multi-faceted interactive presentation. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District
Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and View Ridge Middle School worked together to create a multi-faceted interactive presentation. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District
Ridgefield High School's ASB students created a slideshow featuring students with family members who had served in the military, including Lilly Ziemer and Don Darland. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District
Ridgefield High School’s ASB students created a slideshow featuring students with family members who had served in the military, including Lilly Ziemer and Don Darland. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District

Ridgefield High School’s ASB students created a slideshow of photos.  They thanked veterans for their service and included photos of family members of students who had served in the military. 

These moving presentations were a reminder to thank the veterans we know and to honor those who have passed.  Many thanks to the students and teachers who helped mark this special day.

Information provided by Ridgefield School District.

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