Life often hands us the occasional reminder. Today I received an annual reminder of the importance of community and life experience in education. The irony of this reminder is the amount of testing we have been conducting. Although these testing sessions are important in the growth and development of a student’s education and a teacher’s teaching, it certainly does not supersede those “teachable moments”. This morning we held our annual Memorial Day assembly in which we have local veterans in attendance.
This year we had eight veterans (from WWII to currently active) in attendance. We discussed the importance of Memorial Day, raised our flags and dropped them to half staff, said the Pledge of Allegiance and had Mason perform Taps in honor of fallen soldiers. We also took this opportunity to have Mr. and Mrs.Mullen along with their daughter in law (Ms. Mullen) present us with the Dunbarton town flag commemorating the 250th anniversary of the town of Dunbarton. Ms.Mullen took the time to describe the flag and the significance of all the symbols on the flag. It was a great opportunity. To close out the ceremony, the students all shook the hands of the veterans and said thank you for their service. This was a wonderful learning experience all the way around.
I wish you all the best during this Memorial Day weekend and hope you have the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the day with your children.
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