Cape Henlopen Schools Honor Local Veterans During Veteran’s Day Celebrations
Students at Love Creek Elementary collected extra Halloween candy to be sent to U.S. troops that are currently stationed overseas. Many students also donated their own Halloween candy to the project as well. Throughout the week, homerooms packaged up more than 30 boxes worth of candy to be sent. The boxes are set to be shipped to the troops the week of November 13. Students also set a white table for the veterans who won’t be home this year for Thanksgiving. The table is positioned on the stage inside the cafeteria for all to see and to reflect upon.
At H.O. Brittingham, students, staff, parents and community members gathered together in the school auditorium on the morning of November 9. Fifth grade students along with music teacher Mrs. Cheryl Howard hosted the assembly with local veterans positioned in seats on the stage. Students read poems, presented what the word veteran meant to them and sang patriotic songs throughout the assembly. Each student received a small American Flag as a token of the celebration that morning. “We’ve been hosting a Veteran’s Day celebration like this for many years,” said Ned Gladfelter, Principal at H.O. Brittingham. “It has really become something that everyone looks forward to each year. Hearing our students sing all the words to these patriotic songs, is very empowering, and Mrs. Howard does a great job in the planning and executing of this event!”
On the afternoon of November 9, Cape Henlopen High School JROTC students presented certificates to veteran organizations throughout the District and to teachers and administrators who also served our country. The presentation began with remarks from State Representative Stephen Smyk, and closed with statements from Mr. Robert Fulton, Cape Henlopen School District Superintendent. “The JROTC students do an amazing job conducting this presentation each year,” said Nikki Miller, Principal at Cape Henlopen High School. “It’s very rewarding to see so many of our students participate not only in JROTC, but also in this meaningful event.” Senator Ernie Lopez was also in attendance to present certificates to our service members.
In addition to the presentations and assemblies this year, the Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Club, part of the Rotary, also positioned American flags along-side of Route 24 at Love Creek Elementary and at Beacon Middle School, and titled it “Flags for Heroes.” The flags remain up from November 4 to November 11 and concluded with a ceremony on November 11.