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Brooklyn Springs Elementary observes Veterans Day

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By Jesef Williams

A sea of students waved American flags proudly during a Veterans Day program at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School on Tuesday. The school’s students and faculty gathered in front of the building for the ceremony, which began with a presentation of the colors by the Lancaster High School JROTC.  A group of fourth- and fifth-graders later shared poems that all touched on core ideas of Veterans Day.  One piece read, “Support our troops. Fight for freedom.”  Brooklyn Springs Elementary’s chorus sang patriotic numbers in between performances by teacher Jessica Sims and school nurse Edie Blackmon, who sang the national anthem and “God Bless America.”   Principal Gwen Minor recognized some of the local veterans in attendance, including teacher Sheritha Whitener, who served as a specialist in the Army National Guard from 1991 to 2000.  “It was cool,” second-grader Quamadre Gregory said about seeing the local veterans.  Whitener, who did a tour in Japan during her time in the service, said she hopes the students understand the importance of integrity and service to one’s country.  She said she was proud to the students so engaged in the program.  “I thought it was awesome to show the vets we appreciate them and how much they’re in our thoughts and prayers,” she said.  Andrew Jackson High, Clinton Elementary, Discovery School, Erwin Elementary, Indian Land Middle and North Elementary schools also had Veterans Day programs Tuesday.