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Celebrate Veteran’s Day at Austin Public Schools

Published 9:07am Friday, November 8, 2013

By Eric Vaughn

Ellis Middle School Student Council Advisor

Austin Public Schools would like to invite all veterans to join our students for breakfast on Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:15 a.m. Austin High School, Ellis Middle School, I.J. Holton Intermediate School, Banfield Elementary, Neveln Elementary and Southgate Elementary. Each hosts a special breakfast to honor our Veterans. Breakfast will consist of a cheese omelet, sausage, potato triangle, toast, juice and coffee. At Ellis Middle School, the student council really puts on a show for Veteran’s Day. The day starts with student council members greeting veterans and escorting them to the cafeteria. After a cup of coffee and getting to know each other, the veterans are treated to breakfast. Student council members eat with the veterans after which the show commences.

All present are treated to the Ellis Middle School band, orchestra, and choir. I have had veterans tell me the performances by the musical groups are “as good as a record!” The keynote speaker for many years, Norm Hecimovich, talks about what being a veteran means, and why it is important to show that one may be a veteran. He also tells the student body the most helpful thing they can do for their country right now is to finish their education. After all, an educated population is necessary for democracy to function properly. The breakfast wraps up with the band playing “The Service Song Medley,” whereby each branch’s song is played and the veterans who served stand when they hear their song. It is a very moving experience.

At Ellis Middle School there is a long tradition of honoring veterans, and the Ellis Middle School Student Council is excited to enjoy Veteran’s Day with our heroes again.

If veterans are planning to attend a school breakfast, call the school you wish to attend by today.
•Austin High School — 507-460-1800
•Ellis Middle School — 460-1500
•I.J. Holton Intermediate School — 460-1525
•Banfield Elementary School — 460-1200
•Neveln Elementary School — 460-1600
•Southgate Elementary School — 460-1300

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