Published November 22, 2013
St. Thomas More School’s 488 students began a variety of activities on Nov. 8 to salute veterans. In the morning the middle school made paracord survival bracelets to send to soldiers. Veterans also stopped by and read to students in grades kindergarten through second grade. During recess some veterans led a mini “boot camp,” where the students did jumping jacks, flutter kicks, burpee push-ups, and a last man standing relay. After lunch the students formed an assembly line, where they created 500 care packages of personal care items for homeless veterans in Atlanta. Each care package also included a thank you letter from a student. Near the end of the day, grades three through eight participated in a panel discussion with veterans of different wars, and they had the opportunity to ask questions.
On Veterans Day morning, Nov. 11, the entire school gathered around the flagpole in the front of the church for a special celebration. It included a prayer for veterans, the raising of the American flag, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of the national anthem. The front lawn of the church was decorated with 400 flags.