I.J. holds Freedom Week

By Michael Veldman

Sixth grade teacher

I.J. Holton Intermediate School

During the week of Nov. 6, students at I.J.Holton Intermediate School will participate in the 16th annual “Freedom Week.” During this wonderful week, students will hear from community leaders, guest speakers, and military personnel as they share firsthand accounts and powerful messages centered on the freedoms, rights, and privileges afforded to every American. They will also learn about the sacrifices and dedication our veterans have made to protect and keep those freedoms.

The week will begin outside when over 850 students, staff members, and community leaders will assemble along with VFW Post 1216, American Legion Post 91, and DAV Chapter 27 for the raising of the American flag. Girl and Boy Scout members will unfurl the flag as the military salute and civilians place their hands over their hearts. The sound of “Call to Colors” will be heard and then all assembled will say the Pledge of Allegiance.

Next, we will proceed to the gymnasium where keynote speaker Norm Hecimovich will deliver a moving presentation on flag etiquette and address the topic of POW and MIAs. Musical selections from band students will round out the morning’s assembly.

Throughout the week various speakers, including representatives from the Wounded Warriors Project, Sheriff Terese Amazi, and local retired military members will deliver powerful and personal messages to our students. Sixth graders will have the opportunity to enter our local VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest, and they will also deliver in-depth studies centered on our nation’s freedoms.

On Friday, numerous other sites around the district will host Veteran’s Day breakfasts which are free and open to all veterans. At I.J. Holton, students are encouraged to invite a veteran to join them for breakfast before joining us in the gym to be introduced and recognized for their service. Music will be provided by the choir department with over 250 members performing patriotic selections. Lastly, Chris Geis, representing Hormel Military Veteran Engagement Team (HMVET) will be on hand to announce student essay winners.

The week provides a wonderful opportunity for students, as well as staff, to refresh their dedication and commitment to being a citizen of this great nation we call the United States of America.

Following are the various Veterans Day activities scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10. Veterans should call the number listed to be included in the breakfast count that morning. We look forward to this opportunity to say thank you for your service.

Banfield Elementary: Breakfast from 7–8:15 a.m., 460-1200.

Neveln Elementary: Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by assembly at 8:30 a.m. 460-1600.

Southgate Elementary: Breakfast served from 7:15–8 a.m., 460-1300.

I.J. Holton Intermediate School: Breakfast served 7–7:50 a.m., followed by program at 8 a.m., 460-1525.

Ellis Middle School: Breakfast served at 7:30 a.m., followed by program at 8 a.m., 460-1500

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