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