Students in schools across Spring Branch ISD took time last week to honor and respect the many local military men and women who have served bravely to keep America strong and free.
Campus-related programs and events were conducted across SBISD; two special event programs are highlighted here to represent both old and new traditions at local schools.
Spring Forest Middle School
The 18th annual Veterans Day Celebration at Spring Forest Middle is one that’s become an iconic tradition for both the school and broader west Houston community.
With keynote speakers, live student musical performances, breakfast for veterans and their families, and participation from area nonprofits like Patriot Paws, this event always delivers in honoring our veterans and their supporting families.
This year’s Veterans Day Celebration included special remarks by a West Point Military Academy history professor, Army Lt. Col. Sean Sculley. In addition, a student fundraising effort resulted in $6,700 for Patriot Paws, a service dog training and placement group that works with disabled military men and women nationwide.
However, this year’s celebration included a tribute of another kind – a dedicated film crew of middle school broadcast students.
From capturing photos to providing on-air talent and recording b-roll video and interviews, the Nov. 9 celebration at Spring Forest Middle brought together veterans and students to tell a compelling story of service.
Led by educator Faralyn Rasberry, the new Spring Forest Middle broadcast class has already produced a series of music videos, short PSAs, and morning announcements. The next big project? Documentary videos.
The class, designed to provide project-based learning opportunities for students, is inspiring Spring Forest learners to share their voice and creativity through applied technology and film-industry skills.
Students will work with Guthrie Center Film Classes in the weeks ahead on a series of collaborative video segments showcasing student voice as part of SBISD’s Empowered and Equipped online family resources.
Stay tuned in and check out this exciting work coming from some of our most inspired learners.
Bunker Hill Elementary School
Bunker Hill Elementary’s celebration may have been advertised with its community as the first annual, but that did not stop students, staff, teachers, and parents from making it an incredible beginning.
Principal Dana Johnson said the event’s aim was simple but eternal.
“Our goal for the program was two-fold – to honor the veterans in our community and to instill the values of gratitude, patriotism, and citizenship in our students,” she said.
The celebration program included well-known Veterans Day features: Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic sing-along, student choir and Fiddling Lion performances, poems and skits, veteran recognition and thank you remarks, and a special slide show.
Planning, however, included many memorable student activities:
- Thank You letters written by students to veterans
- Decorations provided by students of flags, stars, and stripes
- A red, white and blue themed student dress option
- A Wall of Honor, with “bricks” submitted by students with name, branch, and dates of service for their U.S. veterans (The Wall of Honor will remain on display through December.)
- Student event invitations issued to veterans
- Student submitted photographs of veterans