South Butler students spent Friday, November 8 learning more about our service men and women, what they go through in service to our country, and what their service means to us here in America. On Friday several of our country's heroes were on campus to talk to students about their experiences, and our students were very eager to hear their stories and to thank them for protecting our country. At South Butler Intermediate Elementary School (Pic 1) 5th grader Rocco Pelloni acted as master of ceremonies for a great Veterans' Day Breakfast hosted by Ms. Evans's and Mrs. Lambert's classes. Students invited their veteran relatives to attend, and the students did short presentations, including the reading of "In Flanders Field". In attendance were veterans Ron West, Gabe Ciafre, Raymond Weifling, Fred King, Bill Lazor, John Ritter, Howard Lee Rumbaugh, Thomas Will, Henry McNutt, John Schiuster, James Brown, Mike Schneider, Al Kramer, and Clyde Laughery.
Mrs. Massari's and Mr. Cornetti's 4th grade classes also hosted a classroom guest. Kay Lynn Bielawski, a Persian Gulf War veteran talked to their classes about her experiences and how she continues to serve by singing for veterans at the Butler V.A.
Mrs. Chybrzynski's class learned about the importance of freedom and how we have our veterans to thank for it. Her 4th graders wrote letters and put a poster together with 23 letters stapled to it. It was delivered to the VFW.
And finally, Knoch High School students attended presentations by a panel of veterans who ranged in service time from Korea to the present. They all talked to the students about their service time. Many students approached the veterans after the event to thank them or to share stories of their family veterans. For a really great reminder of who Veterans' Day is set aside to honor, have a look at this video of the event: Veterans' Day Assembly at Knoch High School