John Stewart revs up for Vets Day

By on November 11, 2010

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—John Stewart Elementary School students are going all out for American veterans this month. They have been busy writing thank-you cards to U.S. servicemen, composing poems about the military, and filling showcases with memorabilia from family members who served in the armed forces.

“Every grade is involved,” said Bonnie Whildin, John Stewart art teacher and a coordinator of the events.

The hallways are draped in red, white and blue, and showcases display items that students have gathered including medals from relatives who were soldiers.

On Thursday, Nov. 11, the school will culminate these activities with a flag-raising in the morning, with all 650 students each waving miniature U.S. flags. Following the day’s kickoff will be local veterans’ visits to classrooms throughout the day and an assembly between 2:45 and 3:15 p.m. During the assembly, students will read the letters, and the Kaneland Middle School musical ensemble will play patriotic numbers including “Taps.”

Also during the afternoon ceremony, one of Whildin’s relatives, U.S. Navy Seal William Bishop, will speak about his military experiences.

Elburn American Legion Post 630 Commander Wiley Overley is one of the local servicemen who will speak in a classroom during the day. He admires what the students have done this month to acknowledge U.S. servicemen.

“It’s really a big deal for them,” Overley said.