All three grade-level divisions at Francis Parker School will all take part in a special day in honor of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11. Those at the Lower School (grades JK through 5) will participate in writing holiday letters for servicemen and women overseas while the Middle (grades 6-8) and Upper Schools (grades 9-12) will participate in a morning ceremony at the flag pole honoring Veterans. In the afternoon, the Upper School will have an afternoon full of classes in which all students can choose three classes to attend that focus on a variety of topics that relate to Veterans Day.
The Lower School project started with the Parker Daisy Troop (1st grade) and Brownie Troop (2nd grade) deciding to start a community service project that would generate the holiday letters for those serving the United States oversees. After it started, the troops spoke with Parker 2nd grade teacher Annemarie Behrens and a new idea blossomed to get the entire Lower School involved.
“We talked about how a good deed is often like a pebble and can have a wonderful ripple effect,” said Behrens. “Each girl took two weeks to ask friends and family members to write letters. We also placed boxed filled with blank notecards in each classroom at the lower school.”
The letters will be collected on Veterans Day, or before, and will be mailed out to those servicemen and women prior to the upcoming holidays.
The assembly for the Middle and Upper Schools will take part in the morning will include several servicemen coming on to campus to take part in the flag raising ceremony.
The afternoon teach-in classes in the Upper School will consist of 20 different course offerings, ranging from a panel of Wounded Warriors who will talk about their injuries and adjusting back into their life at home, to a class on the Ethical Implications of Scientific Discovery and how things like the Atomic Bomb have changed the world. Each class will be offered three times, beginning at 12:15, allowing students to choose the three they are most interested in to attend for their final three periods of the day.
“We wanted to honor our own community members who have served with such dignity, while also teaching our students about service, loyalty, and sacrifice,” said Paul Barsky, Head of the Upper School, when asked about the significance of the teach-in.
To see a list of the day's teach-in classes and panels, follow this link.