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ISD 882 to celebrate Veterans Day with district-wide programming Nov. 9

MHS Veterans Day celebration Monticello School District is proud and excited to celebrate Veterans Day with programming at buildings across the district on Friday, Nov. 9.

“We owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to all veterans in this country, and we are fortunate to have many right here in our own community,” said ISD 882 Superintendent Eric Olson. “We look forward to showing them our appreciation and love, while educating our students on the sacrifices made by so many brave men and women.”

The general public is invited to attend the celebration at Monticello High School, which will run from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the MHS Fieldhouse. Monticello High School and ISD 882 believe it to be an honor to be able to pay tribute to the great men and women that have provided the opportunity to maintain the many liberties that we as a nation of United States citizens must not take for granted, but hold sacred. It is a privilege to be able to share that tribute with veterans, students, staff, and the general public.

The program will be emceed by MHS Boys and Girls State representatives Trevor Strand and Eileen Mavencamp. There will be musical performances by the MHS Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir, as well as a video highlighting MHS enlistees. MHS is honored to welcome Chief Warrant Officer Luke Charpentier as the keynote speaker Friday morning.

The public is invited to enjoy refreshments in the teacher’s lounge before and after the program. People that would like to attend are asked to park in the east/north parking lot and enter through Door 1.

In addition to the program at MHS, there will be a variety of programs and highlights at buildings across the district. Some of those highlights include:

  • Eastview Education Center classes will be creating a card or sign to be delivered to local VFW and Legion clubs. The EEC started this tradition last year and the feedback from our veterans was one of appreciation, encouragement, and thanks.  This is a great way to teach our young students about Veterans Day and to show thankfulness toward our veterans. Additionally the EEC is inviting all parents that are veterans themselves to join us for lunch on November 9, ideally in uniform or wearing something of military significance.  
  • At Pinewood Elementary, students will participate in a Friday morning Veterans Day program. The program will feature performances by the Pinewood choir, a guest speaker, essays from PWE students, and recognition of American Legion and VFW Color Guard members. Students are able to invite special guests to the program and will have a chance to greet them following the ceremony.
  • The Veterans Day Program at Little Mountain Elementary will be highlighted by a featured veteran. That veteran will be Chief Petty Officer Stephan Meyers.  Meyers has a special connection to LME, as he is the father of two LME students and his wife Catherine Meyers is a special education paraprofessional at LME. Chief Meyers has received numerous accolades throughout his service, including the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Commendation, and much more. In addition to the featured veteran, fourth grade students, under the direction of Amanda Koubsky, will be performing the song Sacrifices Made.  The program will end with a special video interviewing the students of our military families and thanking them for their service.
  • The Monticello Middle School will run a 40-minute program Friday morning to honor all veterans, including family members of Monticello Middle School staff and students. The middle school will also welcome Chief Warrant Officer Luke Charpentier as the guest speaker for their event. The program will also feature musical performances from MMS students, and there will also be a welcome gathering for veterans prior to the start of the ceremony.