Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Veterans Day observance was grounded in personal connections for students at Wy’east Middle School.
Sixth-graders worked on two different projects honoring veterans.
One, done by students in Sally Pritchett’s three social studies classes, is the bulletin board decorated with peace symbols and honoring veterans that the students know.
The kids filled out a short biography form for a veteran that included the name of the veteran, how they know the veteran, the branch of service, the years they served and interesting facts about their service. Students were also asked to attach a photo of their veteran to their biographies.
“The photos made the biographies much more interesting,”‘ Pritchett said.
The board includes photos of veterans from World War II (including Pritchett’s dad and his two brothers), current photos of veterans in uniform and current family photos of veterans doing everyday activities with their families and friends.
“Most of the students had family members or family friends that they were excited to share stories about, but if they didn’t know a veteran personally, they were encouraged to talk to teachers or neighbors to find a veteran to write about,” said Pritchett.
Students gave brief presentations in class, and then the biographies were placed on the bulletin board in the main hall for all to see.
“It was especially nice to have some Wy’east and Hood River Valley High School alumni photos show up,” Pritchett said.
The other project was done by Pritchett’s sixth-grade language arts and literacy classes. The students in these two classes made homemade cards and wrote letters of appreciation to the veterans living in the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles.
There are about 150 men and women at the home, so the kids made and wrote just over 160 cards and letters that were given to the veterans on Veterans Day.
“I’m hoping that these projects gave the kids a greater appreciation for what the men and women who served our country have done for all of us, and why it is important to honor them on Veterans Day,” Pritchett said.
A selection of ‘Dear Veteran’ letters
I would like to thank you for defending America in times of need. Your loyalty, bravery and generosity is honorable. Thank you for giving freedom to American citizens and risking your life for others.
–– Kendra M. Wilkins
Thank you so much for serving our country and those in need. It warms my heart that many people fought for our country with honor and freedom. I really appreciate what you have done ...
–– Jorge Ugarte
Thank you so much for your loyalty and bravery. On this day we remember you for your service and generosity to our country. Thank you for all you have done to help us.
–– Emily Curtis
I am very thankful that you served in the military. You are a very brave person. Thank you for all you have done to give us all freedom.
–– Ezequiel Pitones
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge