Thank you Veterans!

Greetings!

My last blog indicated a plan to
follow up on the ways we have used community feedback to drive our strategic
improvement efforts. I would like to put that blog topic off a few weeks,
instead focusing on what I believe is a much more important and timely topic.
 I just came from the final portion of the events our School District has
in place for Veterans’ Day.  Humbled and thankful are really
the best ways to describe the feelings our students and staff have as we honor
those who have served our country.

Our week began with the HS
Student Council preparing breakfast for over 40 local Veterans. The pancakes,
eggs, sausage, bakery, fruit and coffee, were just our small way of saying
thank you as well as providing an opportunity to connect with our servicemen
and servicewomen.  Monday began with the student council breakfast and
ended with an evening program in our HS gymnasium.  During the evening
program our HS band and Voice groups shared their talents through some outstanding
musical selections.  The program also included several messages from
Veterans, along with the shared singing of our National Anthem and God Bless
America.  As our night concluded with a 21 gun salute and the playing of
taps, you could literally feel the respect and admiration from all in
attendance – once again, humbled and thankful is how we were
feeling. 

Today, on Veterans’ Day we
honored 53 Veterans who joined the entire OES student body in a program
honoring all those who have served. This program included a standing ovation
from 470 elementary students, introductions of all Veterans, student speeches,
slide shows, sharing in classrooms, and a soup dinner in our OES quad.
 What a great morning!

As Nov. 11 closes it is our hope
and prayer that our students and staff continue to recognize the tremendous
sacrifice made by so many, so that we could live in a land that is free.
 The students and staff of the Oostburg School District are humbled
and thankful
 that we could share in these events with our Veterans!

With our Deepest and Sincere
Appreciation,

Kevin Bruggink and the students
and staff of OSD