SARASOTA COUNTY, Nov. 7, 2016 –
Students and staff at Sarasota County schools will honor military veterans and
active members of the armed forces with special activities and projects the
week of Veterans Day. Several veterans have been invited to schools to
participate in many of the events. High school bands, color guards and other
school groups will participate in various community ceremonies on Veterans Day.
events scheduled as of Nov. 7 are as follows:
Tuesday, Nov. 8:
the day and beyond: Wilkinson
Elementary School is celebrating veterans in many ways. A Veterans Wall is posted
in the cafeteria through Nov. 11. Students are invited to bring or draw
photos of veterans they know; the items will be posted on the wall. Fifth-grade
students will visit Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery. Students are
invited to collect “Treats for Troops” (extra Halloween candy) to send to those
serving from the Florida National Guard in Djibouti, Africa. Activities
will culminate in a Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 11. 3400 Wilkinson Road,
Wednesday, Nov. 9:
9:30-10:30 a.m.: McIntosh Middle
will hold its annual Salute to Veterans in the gym. The school’s drum corps,
band and chorus will perform and selected students will read thank-you letters
to veterans. A special color guard of Sarasota High School JROTC students will
carry the flag. All veterans and any current service members are welcome to
attend. Veterans are asked to arrive by 9:15 a.m., park in the north parking
lot and report to the Veterans Lounge in the gym. 701 S. McIntosh Road,
7 p.m.: The Sarasota High School Singing Sailors along with guest choirs from McIntosh
Middle and Sarasota Middle will present
their Annual Veterans Salute Concert in the school auditorium. There
will be a Salute to the Armed Forces to recognize members of the five branches
of the military. The concert is free and open to the public. 1000 S.
School Avenue, Sarasota.
Thursday, Nov. 10:
9 and 9:45 a.m.:Gocio
Elementary School will hold its fifth annual Veterans Day Celebration in
the cafeteria. The event will include a parade of flags, a performance by the
Gocio Performing Arts Company, a salute to servicemen and women, a presentation
of veterans in the audience, and a medley of the armed forces anthems. 3450
Gocio Road, Sarasota.
5 p.m.: At the completion of their weekly
after-school drill, the Imagine School
at North Port Young Marines will participate in an activity to celebrate
the 241st birthday of the U.S Marine Corps. The parents of Young
Marine students are providing a special cake commemorating this event. Master
Gunnery Sergeant Russ Barber, a retired U.S. Marine Senior NCO will serve as master
of ceremonies. 2757 Sycamore St., North Port.
7 p.m.: The Sarasota High School Singing Sailors along with guest choirs from
Booker Middle and Brookside Middle will
present their Annual Veterans Salute Concert in the school auditorium. There
will be a Salute to the Armed Forces to recognize members of the five branches
of the military. The concert is free and open to the public. 1000 S. School Ave.,
Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11:
Elementary will honor our nation’s veterans by encouraging all students to
wear red, white, and blue; engage in discussions about the significance of service;
conduct a flag-raising ceremony led by local scout troops; singing patriotic
songs and presenting thank-you cards to veterans and other local heroes. 5110
Ashton Road, Sarasota.
Elementary will have its first Veterans Day Celebration, starting
with a breakfast for invited veterans from 8:30-9 a.m. At breakfast
Lakeview student council representatives will interview veterans about their
service backgrounds. At 9 a.m.,
the veterans will parade through campus for kindergarten, first- and second-grade
students. After the parade veterans will go to the cafeteria to be
recognized and honored in a ceremony. Student council representatives will
introduce each veteran and speak about his or her service history. The guest
speaker will be veteran Michael Andreas, director of Safety and Security for Sarasota
County Schools. Principal Lisa Wheatley will also speak and the Lakeview
Elementary Chorus will sing patriotic songs. 7299 Proctor Road, Sarasota.
a.m.:Pine View School’s Elementary
Student Council will host a Veterans Day celebration and parade. The event will
start with a breakfast in the student union, followed by a parade and ceremony
in the gym. Student council representatives will honor approximately 60
veterans for their service to our country. In addition to recognizing each
veteran, student council representatives will chorally recite “Freedom’s Call.”
Student council representatives will also promote the Mayor’s Feed the Hungry
Food Drive. The ceremony will be enhanced with patriotic music from the Pine
View High School Band and Elementary Chorus. 1 Python Path, Osprey.
8:30-9:30 a.m.: Imagine School at North Port (grades K-5) will celebrate Veterans Day by
encouraging students to invite a veteran or active member of the military to a
continental breakfast provided by the school. The cafeteria will be decorated
with student work honoring veterans; the chorus will perform. 1000 Innovation
Ave., North Port.
Shores Elementary outside courtyard. Students will march in procession and
the flag will be raised, followed by the national anthem and the pledge of
allegiance. The PYP Sticks and the Phillippi Chorus will perform. The guest
speaker with be veteran Lt. Col. Tony Mediavilla, U.S. Marines (Ret.). Other
veterans will be acknowledged, students will recite speeches and poems, and the
school chorus will sing patriotic songs. 4747 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Second-grade students at Taylor Ranch
Elementary will perform patriotic songs; a veteran will speak to the entire
student body. 2500 Taylor Ranch Trail, Venice.
8:45 a.m.:Toledo Blade
Elementary School will host a school-wide Veterans Day celebration. School
families and staff have been encouraged to share the names of family members
who have served or are serving in the armed forces. They will be recognized in
a display created by art teacher Josh Reid. Classroom teachers have been
invited to decorate their classroom doors as a tribute to veterans. Toledo
Blade staff have raised funds for Wreaths Across America and the Sarasota
National Cemetery. Retired veterans will talk about their experiences. Speakers
will include Sarasota County Schools Deputy Superintendent Scott Lempe, U.S.
Air Force (ret.); Chief Petty Officer Jamie Granillo, now a school guidance counselor;
and Sgt. April Panepinto, now a teacher. 1201 Geranium Ave., North Port.
a.m.: Tatum Ridge Elementary will present a Veterans Day program. Students
will wear red, white and blue. Veterans with a connection to the school are
invited to attend. They will be recognized at the ceremony and will greet
students as they leave the ceremony. The school’s music teacher has been
working with students on several songs. Second-grade students will speak about each
branch of the military and the history of Veterans Day. The school has
organized a Veterans’ Wall of Fame with pictures and information about veterans
from students’ families. 4100 Tatum Road, Sarasota.
9-11 a.m.: SKY Academy Venice student
ambassadors will honor and celebrate all those who have served the country. Students
will meet and great vets from all branches of the military providing them with
student-created cards of thanks and a special treat. 705 Center Road, Venice.
a.m.: Glenallen Elementary will host a Veterans Day celebration.
Local veterans are invited to enjoy a patriotic musical performance featuring
Glenallen students as well as guest performers from the Venice
Symphony. Light refreshments will be served, followed by the performance
beginning at 9:30 a.m. 7050 Glenallen Blvd, North Port.
a.m.; 1:30 p.m.: The Woodland Middle School Wind Ensemble will perform at
Lamarque Elementary throughout the
day. Songs and Presentation to local heroes begins at 1:30 p.m. 2700 Panacea Blvd., North Port.
9:30-10:30 a.m.: A
ceremony will be held in the Lamarque
Elementary physical education area. The event will include performances by
the Lamarque Elementary Chorus and the Woodland Middle School Wind Ensemble.
Invited guests include Lamarque family veterans and active-duty personnel. All
community members are welcome to attend. The school will have a virtual “Wall
of Heroes” which will be broadcast throughout the day, with photos and mementoes
representing Lamarque family veterans and those who are currently serving.
Third-grade students will set a table in white colors to honor fallen, captured
and missing troops. Passages from Margot Thies Raven’s book, “America’s White
Table,” 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.
a.m.: At Sarasota
Middle School, the SMS Joyful Voices Chorus will perform the Star
Spangled Banner. Staff members who are veterans will be recognized on the SMS
News. The school will begin to collect donated items for care packages for veterans
to be sent through Operation Gratitude. 4826 Ashton Road, Sarasota.
a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Woodland Middle School Social Studies Department is
sponsoring a Veterans Day Freedom Walk & Care Package Drive to benefit
troops overseas. Students will pledge to walk a mile in support of veterans and
collect donated items to be sent in care packages to our troops through the
organization Support Our Troops.
The Care Package Drive is Nov. 1-11; the Freedom Walk is on Nov. 11 throughout
the day during social studies
classes. Participating students and teachers will wear red, white
and blue the day of the walk. Best
time for media coverage: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:15-4 p.m. 2700 Panacea
Blvd., North Port.
a.m.: Brookside Middle School is holding its Veterans Day Salute in the cafetorium. All veterans and
their families are invited to join students and staff for musical selections
presented by our band and chorus. As an International Baccalaureate World
School, Brookside music students study the meaning of patriotism. One of the
culminating activities is the Veterans
Day Salute performance. Students applaud the sacrifices of the veterans who
have touched their lives. 3636 S. Shade Ave., Sarasota.
a.m.: Downtown Sarasota Veterans Day Parade. Marching bands and cadets from
various schools, including Riverview and Sarasota high schools, Venice Middle
School, Sarasota Military Academy and Sarasota Academy of the Arts will march
in the parade down Main Street. The closing
ceremony will be held at
approximately 10:45 a.m. at J.D. Hamel Park, Main Street and
10:45 a.m.: The Young Marines of Imagine School at North Port will
travel to the Living Waters Lutheran
Church in Port Charlotte. While
there, they will be spending time with several World War II veterans. The
veterans will receive a demonstration of the Manual of Arms from the Young
Marines. The bulk of the visit will focus on spending time speaking and
listening to the veterans, and will conclude with a luncheon attended by both
the veterans and the Young Marines.
The church is at 12475 Chancellor Blvd., Port Charlotte.
11 a.m.: The Imagine School at North Port Young Marines will provide color
guard/flag raising for Veterans Day program at North Port Public Library. 13800
S. Tamiami Trail, North Port.
p.m.: Wilkinson Elementary students will
gather in the cafeteria to hear the chorus perform patriotic songs, celebrate
the veterans in our community, hear speeches about Patriot Plaza and hear
answers to their questions about the military via video stream from some
soldiers currently stationed in Africa. 3400 Wilkinson Road, Sarasota.