Veterans Day 2018

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Plymouth schools honor veterans

Posted November 12, 2018

Schools in the Plymouth School District observed Veterans Day with all-school assemblies and veteran visitors.

Fairview Elementary School

Families and related veterans were invited to an all-school assembly Nov. 9, which featured everyone singing the National Anthem, a song by the first- and second-graders, a song by the third- and fourth-graders, and fourth-grade students sharing information about veterans and Veterans Day. Fairview also invited families to contribute photos of veterans to its Wall of Honor.

Plymouth High School

The Plymouth High School program Nov. 12 featured a color guard from VFW Post 5612. Principal Jennifer Rauscher read a reflection written by a veteran, all gathered said the Pledge of Allegiance, and students in the Advanced Speech class taught by Megan Hummitzsch narrated a slide show about Veterans Day.

The program also honored two local veterans:

  • Mark Dewitz, who enlisted in the Air Force in 1981 and served over the next decade as munitions specialist, helicopter flight engineer and fixed wing flight engineer, participating in Operation Just Cause in Panama from 1987 to 1989 and in Desert Shield in 1990 and Desert Storm in 1991.
  • Allen Arndt, who joined the Naval Reserve shortly before graduating from PHS in 1970 and spent two years in active duty on ships all over the world, seeing combat in Vietnam.

The PHS Band performed “National Emblem March,” the “Star Spangled Banner” and the “Navy Hymn”; and the PHS Choir sang “God Bless the USA.” VFW Post 5612 presented a rifle salute followed by “Echo Taps” by PHS students Anna Brink and Christian Pieper.

Riverview Middle School

The Riverview Middle School program Nov. 9 featured members of Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243. The Riverview Chorus sang at the beginning of the assembly. Mark Provencher, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and now works for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, told the students about the history of Veterans Day and encouraged them to thank veterans. “Never forget that these men and women fought for us to preserve our way of life,” he said.

The program ended with a rifle salute by the Post 243 color guard and the playing of Taps.

Parkview Elementary School

The Parkview Elementary School program on Nov. 12 also featured the color guard from American Legion Post 243. Everyone sang the National Anthem and said the Pledge of Allegiance, then watched a video of fourth-graders reading a book about veterans. The first and second grades sang “I Love My Country,” and the third and fourth grades sang “This Is America.”

After recognizing the veterans in attendance and a moment of silence, students then went outside to observe the rifle salute and the playing of Taps by Post 243.

Horizon Elementary School

Fourth-graders led a program open to the public on Nov. 12 in the school gym, featuring information about Veterans Day and a reflection based on the letters in the word “veteran.” After a student color guard brought in the flag, all gathered said the Pledge of Allegiance. Students also listened to recordings of the “Armed Forces Medley” and Taps.

District veterans

The district thanks the following employees for their service to our country:

  • Josh Batzner, Riverview teacher: Army Reserve 1997-2002
  • Ashley Hilbelink, Riverview educational assistant: Army National Guard, 2001-09
  • Todd Hunt, Riverview principal: Army 1991-1995, Reserve 1995-99
  • Stephani Newby, Community Ed & Rec administrative assistant, Army 1986-89
  • Todd Rortvedt, Food Service, Navy 1978-1984
  • Richard Seefeldt, Riverview head custodian: Air Force 1976-1980
  • Jake Sherman, PHS teacher: National Guard 2001-09, deployed to Iraq 2005-06

Learn more:
• Explore the Community Engagement section of our District Report Card to learn more about the many partnerships between our students and community groups.