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Honoring Our Veterans

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
—Maya Angelou

Poppies have become a symbol representing veterans.

With the assistance of student teachers from the University of Vermont, Malletts Bay School’s Principal Julie Benay taught fifth graders a general history of Veterans Day. Afterward—in alignment with one of the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017’s Pathway A goals, which states “students determine individualized learning goals, creating a plan for their own learning based on their interests, readiness, and abilities”—students were given three options to demonstrate their learning:

  • A group of students worked to create cards to give to veterans at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Colchester.
  • Other students teamed up to prepare presentations, which they delivered to the third and fourth graders in their “houses” within the school.
  • A third group wrote essays about the holiday, with an emphasis on taking individual responsibility for “practicing peace.”

Nine students were awarded top prize for essays that exceeded expectations and were treated to lunch at the local Subway restaurant, which donated a 10 percent discount in recognition of the students’ accomplishments.

From left to right are Tracy W., Jessica L. (front), Jordan C. (rear), Rachel N., Abdi H., Zakir B., Blake R., Jared T., and Ethan F.

Teaching students about Veterans Day as a solemn and important day of remembrance helps to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces, and it also blends well with CSD’s efforts in facilitating civic engagement.

If you would like more information, please e-mail Principal Julie Benay ( or call Malletts Bay School at (802) 264-5900.

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