Chatham Charter School held activities honoring military service on Nov. 9, an annual event included age-appropriate sessions for elementary, middle and high school grades in which approximately 30 veterans and active duty service members participated.
The event allowed the school to express appreciation to those who serve their country and helped students become more aware of skills learned in military fields.
The day began at 7 a.m. with a group of volunteers lining the school driveway with American flags as a service project. The Jeremiah Enoch York Volunteer Initiative was created to honor York, a Chatham Charter School student who tragically died in a vehicle accident in 2019. His patriotism inspired the flag project to honor those who serve our nation.
Guests enjoyed a “meet and greet” as they arrived. One group of veterans then visited elementary classrooms and read military-themed books to the students. Some classes created special cards for their guests to take home. Another group of veterans shared their experiences and how useful the skills they learned are to high school students in rotating sessions. Middle school students had activity-based stations that featured themes such as basic medical aid, phonetic alphabet and 24-hour clock, flag folding, litter carry, PT, and building a survival shelter.
Afterward, there was an outdoor ceremony attended by guests and upper grades. The Eastern Randolph High School Junior ROTC opened with the Presentation of Colors. Following the National Anthem by the Chatham Charter band, veterans were recognized by their branch of service. The school also noted its alumni who are affiliated with the military. Secondary Administrator Tom Griffin, an Air Force veteran, was the featured speaker. He highlighted the necessity and value of serving others as well as the sacrifices others have made so Americans can enjoy many freedoms. The school band concluded the ceremony by playing a medley of patriotic songs.