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Ritenour Schools Celebrate Veterans Day

Kratz Veterans Day Celebration Patriotic assemblies, delicious meals for veterans and fundraisers for veterans support organizations are just a few of the ways Ritenour students and staff celebrated Veterans Day. View photos from the celebrations.

On a cold and blustery day on Nov. 11, many Ritenour schools were decorated with red, white and blue while students led patriotic assemblies that honored veterans and current military servicemen and women who were both Ritenour staff as well as friends and family members of students.

Here’s a glimpse at how some of Ritenour schools celebrated:

Buder Elementary celebrated with their annual Veterans Day Salute with fourth-graders singing patriotic songs and music provided by members of the Ritenour High School band. Family members of Buder students who were veterans also enjoyed conversations with fourth-graders about their experience in the military.

Each year Buder students and staff raise money for a veteran support organization. This year, the school raised more than $125 to give to Dogs That Help, a non-profit organization that provides service dogs and support to disabled veterans at no charge. Luke Reinhold, an Army veteran with Dogs That Help, shared insightful stories with students about his military experience and about the support he receives from his service dog.

Iveland Elementary students and staff celebrated on Nov. 14 with a special breakfast and veteran’s program. A 30-second moment of silence was held for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to their country and a memorial in the form of a small table set for one, known as a “missing man table” was set up to honor fallen, missing or imprisoned military service members.

Kratz Elementary students and staff honored veterans with a breakfast and patriotic assembly led by fourth-and fifth-graders. Students shared special tributes to the veterans and active service members during the program.

Marion Elementary hosted a special breakfast for veterans to share with their Marion students on Nov. 15.

Marvin Elementary shared a special video presentation during their patriotic assembly and enjoyed a special message from local civic leaders, Ken Crowder and Overland Mayor Mike Schneider.

Wyland Elementary students and staff created a display of photos of family members who have served in the military. Fifth-graders led a special assembly, followed by a special reception for service members and their families. Staff, students and families donated hundreds of items for the USO.

Ritenour High School Leadership students provided breakfast and lunch, as well as decorated the classroom doors of RHS staff who have served in the military. They included: Rick Rodgers, science teacher; Garth Scott, social studies teacher; Chris Isaacs, assistant principal; Cabrina Noonan, counselor; Wasim Walker; Willie Bledsoe, help desk technician.