Secretary of State recognizes schools that honored veterans

More than 160 schools and school districts from across the state were honored by Secretary of State John Gale for hosting programs, large and small, for military veterans in their communities.
    Each one has been mailed a certificate of recognition for programs held on or around Veterans Day.
     “It really is heartwarming to see the efforts that teachers, staff and students put into these events,” said Gale.
    “Some schools open their doors to nearby communities as well as their own, so that everyone can enjoy them. Other schools incorporate flag folding demonstrations, essay contests and presentations of gifts to veterans in attendance,” he said.
    Among the programs hosted this year, Gale singled out the following:
    At Freeman Public Schools in Adams, students collected donations and made cards to be mailed to chaplains overseas and distributed to soldiers in time for Christmas.
    During a program hosted by the Adams Central Student Council, John and Pam Gaspers shared the story of their son Kevin, who was killed in Iraq. A scholarship is given in his name annually to a senior in each of the three high schools in Hastings.
    Lincoln Elementary School in Gering created a plaque on which the names of staff members will continue to be added, who are also veterans.
    Students at Leyton Public Schools in Dalton weaved stars out of red, white and blue fabric and presented them to veterans in attendance.

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