Warren Community School honors veterans

By Christine Simmonds | Nov 15, 2019
Photo by: Christine Simmonds Belfast VFW members and the sixth grade winners of the Patriot's Pen scholarship at Warren Community School. From left: Chelsea Waite, Carmine A. Pecorelli, L.J. Holub, William Pollock, Paige Hubbard, Steven Brown, Alana M. Richards, Felicity Griffin, Jim Roberts, Haylee Chandler, and Jennifer Lind

Warren — Warren Community School held an assembly Tuesday, Nov. 12 to honor military veterans and the trait of gratitude.

The assembly opened with student Levi Simmons leading the pledge of allegiance and Mrs. McIntosh’s first grade class singing “America the Beautiful,” accompanied by music teacher, Mr. Baldwin, on guitar.

Fifth grade student Corbin Flanders then introduced his patriotic art piece. Flanders began the piece almost two months ago, and involved over 500 people in the creation. The artwork includes 59 pictures of veterans who are special to the students, and the traced and cut out hands of WCS students from preschool to second grade in red, white and blue. Students in third to sixth grade made cards of gratitude for veterans as part of the project.

Four members of Belfast Veterans of Foreign Wars post #3108 were at the assembly to accept the cards, as well as to present scholarships to sixth grade students who participated in the Patriot’s Pen Essay. The topic of this year’s essay was “What Makes America Great?” Honorable mention winners were Paige Hubbard, Chelsea Waite and LJ Holub. Alana Richards was awarded fourth place, Felicity Griffin third, Haylee Chandler second, and the first place winner of the $100 scholarship was Jennifer Lind. Each of the four winners then read their essays out loud.

Jennika Shuman introduced the school’s next big project of a food drive competition. The entire school was excited to hear that the winning class will receive a dessert party.

In preparation for the assembly, WCS paired with Ames Elementary School in Searsmont for a candy drive. The two schools collected 525 pounds of candy, which the Belfast VFW will send to soldiers overseas.

The VFW also had a gift to present as part of the assembly. Each student received a star from an American flag.

The assembly closed with third grade students leading the school in singing an incredibly enthusiastic rendition of the song “Gratitude Attitude” while the VFW handed out the stars.

Belfast VFW members attend the assembly at Warren Community School. From left: Carmine A. Pecorelli, trustee and Post Advocate; William Pollock, Quartermaster; Steven Brown, former Post Commander; Jim Roberts, Operation Manager. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Mrs. McIntosh's first graders sings "America the Beautiful" while music teacher Mr. Baldwin accompanies on guitar at Warren Community School. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Christine Rolling's K=kindergarten class receives stars as a gift from VFW Operation Manager Jim Roberts at Warren Community School. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Corbin Flanders speaks about his patriotic art piece at Warren Community School. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Jennika Shuman introduces the food drive competition at Warren Community School. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Haylee Chandler reads her Patriot's Pen essay, which won second place, at Warren Community School. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Alana M. Richards reads her Patriot's Pen essay, which won fourth place, at Warren Community School. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Jennifer Lind reads her Patriot's Pen essay, which won first place, at Warren Community School. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Felicity Griffin reads her Patriot's Pen essay, which won third place, at Warren Community School. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Third graders at Warren Community School dance and sing Gratitude Attitude. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Corbin Flanders stands next to his patriotic art piece, featuring pictures of 59 veterans and the hand prints of students at Warren Community School. (Courtesy of: Warren Community School)
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