Local schools to present annual Veterans Day programs
White County’s four elementary schools and middle school will be holding Veterans Day programs.
• The Tesnatee Gap Elementary School program will begin Thursday, Nov. 8, at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will also be served to veterans beginning at 7:30 a.m. The program will be student-based, with the BETA Club escorting the veterans to the gym following the breakfast.
The White County High School JROTC will present the colors, while 3rd-5th grade chorus perform the National Anthem. The kindergarten-2nd grade singers will also sign the National Anthem. A couple of fifth-grade students will talk about what Veterans Day means through their eyes. The program will wrap up with a slide show of the fifth-grade students and staff who have family members that are veterans.
• The Jack P. Nix Elementary School annual Veterans Day Celebration will be Thursday, Nov. 8, at 9:30 a.m. in the Jack P. Nix Elementary School gymnasium. The second and third graders, along with the JPN Singing Raptors will be performing. The program will honor veterans and thank them for their service. A free celebration luncheon will be offered to all attending veterans after the performances.
• The Mossy Creek Elementary School program will be Friday, Nov. 9, at 9:30 a.m. The fifth-grade students will lead the program as they perform a skit and three songs. The Star Spangled Banner will be performed by Wesley Landen, and America will be played by Will White on the piano.
• The Mt. Yonah Elementary School Veterans Day Celebration, “Honor Our Heroes,” will be Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m. in the school gym. The program will feature students from each grade level, along with a performance from the Mt. Yonah Singers. Family members who are veterans are invited to attend. There will be a special reception for veterans after the performance.
• White County Middle School invites the community to its annual Veterans Day observance on Friday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. in the school gym. Colors will be presented by the White County High School JROTC Color Guard. The middle school band and chorus will perform a selection of patriotic tunes. The featured speaker will be Georgia Army National Guard Lt. Col. (Retired) Terry Barron. She has over 30 years of service as a Black Hawk pilot and was the first female Army National Guard Black Hawk company commander. In addition to her military service, Barron has taught at West Point Military Academy, Georgia Gwinnett College, and Brenau University, and holds numerous degrees. Winners of the annual Veterans Day art and essay contests also will be recognized by the Roy Head Post of the American Legion at this ceremony. All local veterans are invited to attend the ceremony. Additionally, veterans will be honored at a breakfast in the WCMS media center prior to the ceremony from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Veterans are asked to contact the school if they are planning to attend.