Bowie Elementary Hosts "Take a Veteran to School"

November 9, 2009

On November 4, Bowie Elementary honored veterans with a morning of special events on the campus. "Take a Veteran to School", which is sponsored by the History Channel, was organized by 4th grade teacher Lauri Herndon, who sent letters to parents asking for names of Veterans. The school received 300 names of veterans, which were placed on stars and hung in the Bowie hallways. Of the 300 names received, 50 of those were able to visit the campus.

The veterans were introduced on the "Patriots Live" morning show and led the pledges. Following the morning show, the veterans were escorted to each classroom by fourth grade student guides. Every student had an opportunity to meet a veteran. The veterans were from different branches of the armed services and fought in different wars, and their experiences provided a variety of interesting stories.

Bowie teachers prepared questions to ask the visitors, and some classes also presented thank you cards or letters. Others presented readers' theaters and dedicated poems.

The 3rd Graders performed their patriotic program during a breakfast provided by the teachers. The musical "American Celebration" provided a powerful and uplifting message of American history and the important role played by veterans.