Hamden Hall Country Day School

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Honoring Veteran's Day Under the Pines

On this Veteran's Day, the Hamden Hall community gives thanks to all who have served our country. In observance and to honor veterans and military personnel, all three divisions crafted an array of classroom projects for students to show their appreciation.

Grade 3 teachers Emily Anderson and Alexis Harris 2001 collaborated on an art project and worked with students to brainstorm what words they associate with the term "veteran." Having a set list, students in both classes spent the morning drawing poppy seed flowers surrounded by each descriptive word.

“It is wonderful to see the students being interactive in this project,” said Miss Anderson. “Having the students understand what this holiday means, why we celebrate it, and be able to express their gratitude in a personal, individualized way is remarkable.”

Additionally, students wrote personal thank-you notes to veterans expressing their appreciation and honoring them for their service. Attached to each note is a bag full of miniature toy soldiers. All notes will be delivered to the Whitney Center in Hamden.
 
Other projects honoring the troops included Kindergarten students creating tissue paper heart collages, fifth-grade students designing patriotic two-dimensional stars filled with messages of gratefulness displayed on lockers outside the classroom, and sixth-grade students drawing and coloring patriotic symbols for placement on musical note sheets.
 
The Middle School also observed the holiday during a planned assembly to recognize the service and honor of all who have served. History students spent class time learning about World War I and how Veteran’s Day was originally Armistice Day. Students wrote historical imagination essays about soldiers living in the trenches on the Western Front, which allowed them to understand the sacrifice of those who have served.

“The history of Veteran’s Day is one of the most significant lessons we can share with our students,” said Middle School Director Brian Christman. “Learning about the sacrifices made for our freedom and honoring those who have stepped up and served is important.”

Click here to view and read brief bios on all of the veterans affiliated with our school community.




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