Campuses salute service men and women on Veterans Day

November 19, 2020

CFISD honors veterans on Veterans DayA. Robison Elementary School celebrated veterans from the surrounding community with a drive-through parade on Nov. 11, joining other CFISD schools in honoring those who served on Veterans Day. Robison students and staff lined the perimeter of the campus, waving American Flags and holding up signs as veterans drove past.

Nov. 19, 2020—In honoring retired and active service men and women, CFISD schools held both virtual and in-person Veterans Day celebrations, programs and performances throughout the second week of November.

In lieu of on-campus ceremonies, schools celebrated veterans and families throughout the CFISD community virtually. Campuses prepared video tributes, which included musical performances and concerts, skits, speeches and other touching tributes designed to honor those who defend the freedoms of the United States.

Many elementary and secondary campuses celebrated local veterans. That included Yeager Elementary School, which held an on-campus celebration for 19 consecutive years and constructed a virtual tribute on Flipgrid this year that was sent to veterans in the community. Andre’, Bane, Millsap and Wells elementary schools, and Thornton Middle School were among the campuses to produce video celebrations honoring veterans who are related to or have connections to school staff members and students.

In addition, a number of high school Air Force JROTC units presented the colors and raised the United States and Texas flags at the beginning of the school day on Nov. 11.

1119 Veterans Day 4 WEB.jpgA. Robison Elementary School celebrated veterans with a drive-through parade on Nov. 11, joining other CFISD schools in honoring those who served on Veterans Day.

A. Robison Elementary School

Veterans from the surrounding community were invited to be honored guests at a drive-through parade on Nov. 11. Students and staff lined the perimeter of the school, thanking veterans, waving American flags and holding up signs as veterans drove past. More than 20 veterans were honored.

The parade was led by the Cypress Woods High School AFJROTC. At the end of the parade, Cypress Woods JROTC members handed veterans large envelopes full of handwritten notes and letters from A. Robison students thanking them for their service.

“We’ve all missed opportunities and experiences due to COVID-19, but Veterans Day has been an annual tradition at Robison,” said Kelly Gerletti, Robison principal. “We were excited to find a way to show these incredible men and women our appreciation and include all of our students in the process.”

Cypress Creek High School

For a third consecutive year, a wreath was placed at the Fallen Warriors Memorial Wall, which honors Cpl. Scott Larson (class of 2000) and Spc. Scott McIntosh (2001), two Cypress Creek High School graduates who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country. The memorial was unveiled on Veterans Day in 2018 and is at the school’s main entrance. The wreath was made by students in floral design.

The Cypress Creek Air Force JROTC color guard presented the colors outside. Following a reading by Lt. Col. Paul Hinson (Ret.), Cypress Creek senior Thomas Green performed “Taps.”

1119 Veterans Day 2 WEB.jpgCypress Creek High School senior Larissa Sarabia, left, and sophomore Daniel Macias raise the American flag during a Veterans Day ceremony at the school on Nov. 11. The Cypress Creek Air Force JROTC color guard presented the colors and a wreath made by students in floral design was placed at the Fallen Warriors Memorial Wall, which honors two Cypress Creek graduates who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country.

Swenke Elementary School

School staff produced a compilation video tribute to veterans and surrounding community. It included socially-distanced musical performances from every grade.

Swenke students were also given the opportunity to give a special shout-out to their respective veteran on the virtual celebration.

Farney Elementary School

Farney staff partnered with Cypress Woods High School Audio/Video Production students to create a video package highlighting a hero wall of veterans at the elementary campus and artwork from students. A number of Farney students also gave their thanks to veterans, while choir members sang the official fight song from each service branch.

1119 Veterans Day 3 WEB.jpgBane Elementary School was among the numerous CFISD campuses to construct a wall of honor, showcasing artwork, essays and other works to show their appreciation on Veterans Day.

Arnold Middle School

The Arnold music department produced a video tribute featuring patriotic-themed songs and performances from the eighth grade band, Bella Voce varsity choir and varsity chamber orchestra.

Duryea Elementary School

Kindergarten students in Veronica Granato’s class were able to participate in a Zoom meeting with an Air Force veteran where they had the opportunity to hear stories and ask questions.

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