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Hamilton schools to observe Veteran’s Day

Hamilton School District students, staff and families will observe Veteran’s Day in November. Following is a summary of activities at each school.

Willow Springs Learning Center,W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls

Willow Springs 4K students, staff and families will honor veterans Nov. 9 with programs beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. that include a “wall of bricks” highlighting the names of veterans who are part of the Willow Springs family. A program including stories, song and presentation of flags to veterans by their 4K child will mark the occasion.


Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon

Lannon Elementary School will host a Veteran’s Day celebration Nov. 12 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. for students and the community. Fourth and fifth grade choirs will sing two songs, and World War II veteran and school volunteer Thomas Kavanaugh will share a few words. Lannon will continue its tradition of creating a thank you banner and delivering it to the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Milwaukee.


Maple Avenue Elementary School, W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex

Maple Avenue Elementary School students and staff have several activities planned to honor veterans including:

–          third-graders reading a poem at 11 a.m. on Nov. 9;

–          letter-writing to veterans;

–          students and staff dressing in red, white and blue to honor vets;

–          a flag-themed display with students explaining why they are thankful for veterans; and

–          literature with a veteran theme including, “Boo, Boo Bear,” and “The Wall” among others.


Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls

Marcy Elementary School will have a program Nov. 9 beginning at 1:10 p.m. Fifth grade Boy Scouts will present the colors. Seniors & Students volunteer and veteran Tom Kavanaugh will lead the school in “The Pledge of Allegiance.” Fifth-graders and an outside speaker will present at the assembly. The school is collecting toiletries for soldiers stationed overseas, and all grade levels created banners that will be sent to the troops.


Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex

Woodside is planning its annual Veteran’s Day celebration beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 8. The event includes:

–          inviting veterans who are relatives of Woodside students to attend to receive recognition at the school program;

–          students reciting “The Pledge of Allegiance” and singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”;

–          first-graders performing songs and poems that they will perform again at 7 p.m. and hold a food drive for the Sussex Food Pantry;

–          students wearing red, white and blue;

–          students honoring living and deceased veterans from their families by decorating pages that will be displayed on an honor wall in the gym; and

–          students writing thank you letters or making cards for Army personnel to be mailed to a soldier who is a friend of a Woodside teacher, and the soldier will share them with his unit.


Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex

Templeton Middle School will recognize the contributions of American veterans Nov. 9 at 8:30 a.m. at its 12th annual Veteran’s Day Program.

Staff Sergeant Cory Geisler, husband of Templeton communication arts and social studies teacher Beth Geisler, will give the Veteran’s Address. A distinguished soldier with three Army commendation medals and seven achievement medals, Geisler left military service in 2012 after serving his country for seven years, including deployment to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A ceremonial color guard will post and retire the colors and will lay wreaths to honor soldiers who became prisoners of war or missing in action. Guest veterans who attend the program will be individually introduced and their military service recognized.

Band, chorus and student council members will honor the country’s veterans during the ceremony as well. Music teacher Jaye Mier is coordinating a video production that will feature photos of military personnel and veterans who are related to Templeton students. The video will play continuously in the school lobby beginning Oct.31 and will be featured during the ceremony.

Following the program, honored veterans will be invited to participate in a small reception in the Large Group Area. All veterans and public officials are invited to attend. Please call the school at (262) 246-6477 by Nov. 1.


Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex

Hamilton High School student Bryan Ritter will perform “Taps” for the school at 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 9. Athletic-Activities Director Michael Gosz will read a commemorative passage about the historical significance of Veteran’s Day which will honor the brave service men and women.