SARASOTA COUNTY, Nov. 7, 2014 – Students and
staff at Sarasota County public schools continue to honor military veterans
with special activities that began Wednesday, Nov. 5. Several veterans have
been invited to schools to participate in events scheduled for Nov. 10-15. High
school bands, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) color guards and
other school groups will participate in various community ceremonies on
Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Events scheduled as of
Friday, Nov. 7, are as follows:
Monday, Nov. 10:
7:45-8:30 a.m.: Tuttle Elementary School and its safety
patrol will host a local VFW chapter at a ceremony in front of the school. This
will include a flag ceremony and an address about the importance of Veteran’s
Day. 2863 8th St., Sarasota.
9-10 a.m: At Garden Elementary School, the Venice
Middle School Young Marines will present the colors; the Venice Middle Band
& Chorus will perform “Celebrate America” for Garden’s fourth- and
fifth-grade students and their parents. Venice Middle Young Marines visit with
veterans throughout the week in Leadership classes. 700 Center Road, Venice.
Nov. 11 (Veterans Day):
8:45-9:15 a.m. and 9:30 10 a.m.: Cranberry Elementary School music
teacher Karen Rochon will lead the Cougar Choir in patriotic songs. 2775 Shalimar Terrace, North Port.
a.m.: The Pine View School Elementary Student
Council will host the school’s annual Veterans Day Celebration. The event will
start with breakfast for veterans in the student union, followed by a parade
attended by Pine View middle and high school students. Elementary students will
honor individual veterans. A Boy Scout troop will present the colors of the
flag. Student Council representatives will recite the poem “Freedom’s Call.” Veterans
will share their experiences and Principal Stephen Covert will speak. Pine
View’s High School Band and Elementary Chorus will perform patriotic music. 1
Python Path, Osprey.
8:50 a.m.: Sarasota Military Academy and Sarasota Military Preparatory Middle School cadets will assemble in a joint
formation prior to departing for the Sarasota Veterans Day Parade. Approximately
1,400 cadets will prepare to march down Main Street, followed by approximately
150 faculty and staff from both schools. 801 Orange Ave., Sarasota.
Elementary School, third-grade
students will set a table in white colors to honor fallen, captured or missing
soldiers. Passages from the book, “America’s White Table,” by Margot Raven, will
be read as students perform the ceremony of preparing place settings, providing
an emotional connection to the reason America honors veterans each year. 3415
Lamarque Ave., North Port.
9:30 a.m.: Bay Haven School of Basics Plus will hold a Veterans Day program
under our Physical Education Shelter. All community members are
welcome. Veteran Al Leone will speak. Patriotic music will be performed by
Bay Haven students. 2901 W. Tamiami Circle,
9:30 a.m.: Toledo Blade Elementary School
will host a school-wide Veterans Day celebration. School families and staff have been invited to share
a photo of a family member who has served or is currently serving in the Armed
Forces. Veterans have been invited to attend the celebration and be recognized
for their service to the country. 1201 Geranium Ave., North Port.
9:30 a.m. and beyond: Woodland Middle School will stage a Veterans Day Freedom Walk and
Fundraiser. Students have pledged to walk a mile during social studies classes.
One hundred percent of the money raised will be donated to the Wounded Warrior
Panacea Blvd., North Port.
10 a.m.: Students from various
schools will participate in the Veterans
Day Parade in downtown Sarasota, including the Venice Middle School Young Marines, the Venice Middle School Marching
Band, Booker High Junior ROTC
and Sarasota Military Academy and
SMA Prep cadets. The parade will end at J.D.
Hamill Park with a ceremony honoring Veterans.
1:45 p.m.: The Wilkinson Elementary School Chorus and
first-grade students will perform in a Veterans
Day program in the cafeteria. Families are invited to join the ceremony,
which will honor veterans and active military personnel in attendance. Students
and families have been asked to submit names of people to honor during the
ceremony. 3400 Wilkinson Road, Sarasota.
9:15-10:15: Students at Garden Elementary School will sing
patriotic songs to honor veterans. Guests from the local VFW chapter have been
invited to attend. 700 Center Road, Venice.
Saturday, Nov. 15:
a.m.: The campus of Sarasota Military Preparatory
Middle School will host SMA Patriot Day. Cadets in grades six-eight will
emcee, present patriotic addresses and present musical performances. The
keynote speaker will be Sharlene Hawkes, a Forever Miss America, who will speak
about patriotism. A donation of $25 is suggested. This event is in conjunction
with The Patterson Foundation’s Veterans Legacy Summit weekend, honoring
Sarasota veterans and their families. 3101
Bethel Lane, Sarasota.