Springfield Elementary School celebrated Veterans Day by honoring local vets with the school’s annual reception and program on Nov. 10.
After a cake and punch reception, the veterans paraded into the gym, escorted by SES students, and were individually introduced and recognized. Effingham County High School Jr. Air Force ROTC students Buddy Youmans, Hunter Tuttle, Christina Mills, and Joseph Chabot presented the colors. Melodie Fulcher sang “The Star Spangled Banner,” and the SES chorus followed with more patriotic music.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brandon Phillips, husband of SES teacher Melissa Phillips, was the honored guest speaker for the event and explained to the students the importance of Veteran’s Day. Following CW3 Phillips, everyone took a moment to view a presentation showcasing pictures and names of veterans that are both relatives and friends of SES staff and students.
Winners for the annual coloring (K-2) and essay (3-5) contests were announced: Hannah Carmody won the coloring contest, and Anna Snooks won the essay contest. Snooks read aloud her inspiring Veterans Day writing.
In closing, the entire student body joined the chorus to sing a patriotic song and the veterans paraded out of the gym as students and staff clapped and cheered.