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SSD Staff and Students Honor Those Who Served in the Armed Forces

Inside Neuwoehner School, a sign is displayed that says Thank You Veterans. Around the sign, are student projects.November 12, 2021 - November 11 is a day dedicated to honoring those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. As a show of appreciation and gratitude, students and staff at North Tech and Neuwoehner High Schools spent the day giving back by serving veteran staff members  a free lunch and displaying thank you messages throughout the building.

“A veteran is not just someone in history. It’s people in our everyday lives,” said Neuwoehner Art Teacher Deborah Rudolf. “It’s important for our students to recognize their service and to learn about all the different roles, positions, and support they provided to our country from places all over the world.”

Rudolf planned all the Veterans Day activities at Neuwoehner, which included a virtual assembly and an art wall display of thank you messages and information about veterans related to the school’s students and staff. The virtual assembly incorporated pictures, interviews with local veterans, and videos from students who recited the pledge, explained the branches of the military, and gave an overview of the meaning of Veterans Day.

“They all did a really nice job and I’m proud of them. I know how nerve-racking it can be to have that shown to the entire school,” said Rudolf. 

Rudolf also volunteers at the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center and works in the Spinal Cord Injury unit. She interacts with many veterans who are paralyzed or have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and use the arts as therapy. 

At North Tech, five staff members, Clarence Hines (Navy), James Elkins (Army), Andrius Stevenson (Army), and Toby Starns (Air Force) received a free lunch and also had thank you messages displayed outside their classroom doors.

“It’s cool to have the place you work recognize the service that we gave on behalf of our country, because some places don’t do that,” said Hines.

“I love it when the kids recognize it too, which is awesome. The kids see the messages and they’re like, ‘You were a veteran!’” Elkins said.   

SSD would like to formally recognize all the brave men and women who have served our country. This Veterans Day, we say thank you to all who have served.