FHSD honors veterans with celebrations at schools throughout the District

Posted on 11/11/2020
To Our Veterans: We Salute You. We Honor You. We Thank You.

The Francis Howell School District has a rich tradition of celebrating veterans for their sacrifice and service to our country. For years, current and former members of the military have been invited into our schools on Veterans Day to be recognized by students and staff. This year, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic prevented the typical gatherings, but our schools found other creative ways to celebrate and honor our veterans. Below is a roundup of celebrations throughout the District. Check back throughout the week for updates.

Becky-David Elementary

  • Created patriotic artwork in art class and learned patriotic songs in music class
  • Learned about veterans and the branches of government in PE through games
  • Wrote thank you letters to veterans
  • Put together a Veterans slideshow

Castlio Elementary

  • Made thank you cards that will be delivered to VFW posts and distributed to veterans at their annual breakfast.
  • Collected items for the USO and delivered them to Lambert Airport
  • Started morningannouncements throughout the week learning about one branch of military and its function
  • Created a virtual wall of honor. Students brought in pictures of their friends and family who are active military or veterans of the military. Students explained in Castlio’s Veterans Day video why their military person is special. Check back Friday for the video.

Central Elementary

  • Put together a Veterans Day video featuring pictures, poems, and more.

    Daniel Boone Elementary

  • Placed flags alongside the property and added a thank you message to veterans on the school marquee
  • Wrote letters and drew pictures for the school’s adopted VFW Post
  • Morning announcements included a wonderful speech from Mr. Armour and a moment of silence

    Fairmount Elementary

  • Placed red cups in the chain link fence outside of school to spell out the words “Thank You Veterans” and lined the school grounds with American flags
  • Students and staff honored veterans by coloring pictures and writing letters to send to local veterans
  • Participated in patriotic activities within their classes


  • Students dressed in red, white, and blue
  • Collected donations for the Honor Flight, which organizes and brings World War II, Korean, and Vietnam veterans from all over the country to visit the memorials in Washington D.C.

John Weldon Elementary

  • Students colored patriotic pictures
  • Second grade participated in a Zoom presentation with a major in the army
  • Classes researched Veterans Day facts

Barnwell Middle School

Bryan Middle School

  • Created a Veterans Day video that features performances from the school choir, a keynote speaker, students saying thank you to veterans they know personally, and a student playing taps on an instrument
  • Students participated in an art contest and a Patriot Pen Essay contest

Francis Howell Middle School

  • Character Council classes discussed the meaning and importance of Veterans Day
  • Students dressed in red, white, and blue in honor of the day

Hollenbeck Middle School

  • Wrote letters to Abigail Green, a junior at West Point and a former Hollenbeck student, who is unable to come home for Thanksgiving due to COVID-19 restrictions on campus

Saeger Middle School

  • Posting pictures of veterans and active-duty service members in the building throughout the month of November

    Francis Howell High School

  • The Viking Band Program put together a virtual concert that contains music from the various military branches, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem
  • Students created a video tribute to veterans

Francis Howell Central

  • Students wore red, white, and blue to school
  • Patriotic music was played in the hall during passing periods

Francis Howell North

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