Team BCPS honors our veterans


Across Baltimore County Public Schools on Monday, November 11, students and staff alike took moments large and small to remember the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans.

Two special observances, for example, took place at McCormick Elementary School in Overlea and at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson.

At McCormick, students hosted local veterans as well as active duty personnel and participated in a solemn morning ceremony honoring veterans. Third-graders read about the meaning of Veterans Day, and students from Grades 4 and 5 presented a letter of thanks to all veterans and military personnel. Their flag-raising ceremony, in which all students and faculty were provided miniature American flags, ended with a moment of silence.

At Carver, students in Carroll Cook’s photography class tuned in via Skype to a ceremony held at Fort Riley, Kans., where their teacher had travelled over the weekend to bring 19 portraits of active duty Army National Guardsmen to those soldiers stationed at the base. Cook presented each of the portraits to the serviceman they depicted and had each student artist, standing in his Carver classroom 1,200 miles away, to thank each for his service.

The project to paint or sketch each service member, who had recently returned from Afghanistan, was completed last spring as part of the school’s National Arts Honor Society chapter project honoring veterans and the military.

“It was really an honor to do this,” student Courtney Chan told her subject, Specialist Verdugo. “Thank you for everything you’ve done for us.”

“It means a lot, not only to myself but to all of my friends, to know that people back home were taking an interest in us,” Verdugo told the class. “It helped to get us through some tough days.

“We’re all a family here, as you can see, and some of us have moved on,” he said. “But now you’ve become part of our family by giving us these gifts.”

Then the ceremony was over, and the applause ended, and bells rang and duties resumed. On this Veterans Day, however, there is no end to the appreciation.


Story and photos by BCPS Communications Specialist Charles Herndon and McCormick Elementary School Good News Ambassador Stephanie Gaff
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