By Jayme Taylor, Communication Manager, Clover Park School District
Patriotism and heartfelt remembrances took place in every school in Clover Park School District last week as students and staff paid tribute to our nation’s veterans.
Hillside Elementary School students sing several classic songs under the direction of Peter Giardina, fine arts and music teacher. Congressman Adam Smith briefly spoke to students and members of the American Legion explained the importance and significance of the U.S. flag.
Members of Clover Park High School’s (CPHS) Air Force JROTC Drill Team and Color Guard performed at Lochburn Middle School’s assembly. Retired Lt. Col. Gary Roberts, senior AFJROTC instructor from CPHS, was the keynote speaker and gave students a historical look at his military career and how he achieved his goals.
Oakbrook Elementary School students show off their handmade flags as they sing to their parents and guests. The Fighting 56th Army Band from Joint Base Lewis-McChord also performed at the assembly.
Veterans stand at attention at Tyee Park Elementary School as “Taps” was played by members of the 56th Army Big Band from JBLM. Students sang a variety of patriotic songs and heard from keynote speaker Retired Gen. Johnnie E. Wilson. This is Tyee Park’s 22nd Veterans Day celebration under the direction of Tracey Lundquist, fine arts teacher.
Army Sgt. Galvan spoke to students at Idlewild Elementary School about the importance of Veterans Day. Students also sang songs and teacher Susan Morgan told a story in remembrance of her father, Col. Edward Chandler.