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Ritenour Schools Celebrate Veterans Day with Patriotic Fanfare

Ritenour students celebrated Veterans Day in their schools on Nov. 10, 2023 with a host of special assemblies, activities and learning opportunities that highlighted the important sacrifices military veterans have made to protect our nation and freedom. 

In addition, Ritenour saluted staff members who valiantly served in the U.S. military before serving Ritenour students and families. 

Here’s a sampling of how some Ritenour schools celebrated:

Marvin Elementary --  The new Ritenour High School JROTC cadets opened Marvin’s assembly, where second-graders performed.  At the assembly, a retired Army soldier who is with Wounded Warriors spoke about the importance of Veterans Day, and a video was shown of a Marvin parent who is currently a soldier deployed in Poland.

Kratz Elementary -- Students honored family members who are veterans at a special breakfast before the all-school assembly, where first-graders performed.

Buder Elementary -- Third- and fourth-graders sang patriotic songs and honored veterans who attended the all-school assembly. The school also presented a check for $250 from Buder staff to Dogs that Help, an organization that trains service dogs and places them with veterans who need support.

Wyland Elementary -- Fifth-graders sang patriotic songs and honored veterans who attended the all-school assembly. Wayne Kaufman of the Kaufman Fund spoke to students about how his organization helps veterans and their families. Students and staff can donate to the USO, a charitable organization that serves active-duty service members and military families.

Ritenour Middle School -- Students wrote letters to heroes currently deployed outside of the U.S. through Operation Gratitude.

Ritenour High School -- Student Leadership treated RHS staff who are veterans to lunch and gave each of the veterans a special treat bag to honor their military service. The school’s new ROTC cadets also participated in the St. Louis Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11.