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School District U-46 to Demonstrate Appreciation for Veterans with Special Events

Nov. 8, 2022


Students and staff in School District U-46 will support and honor our local veterans and troops with special ceremonies, concerts, displays, and collections during the month of November. In addition, local veterans will visit classrooms to speak to students about their service and their lives in a program being held in partnership with the Gail Borden Public Library.

Tish Calhamer, the community engagement manager at the Gail Borden Public Library, is working with about 20 volunteer veterans as part of the special program, called Veterans Voices. Veterans who may want to participate in future events are encouraged to visit to learn more and submit a volunteer application.

In addition to the Veterans Voices visits, additional Veterans Day events in U-46 schools are as follows:




Ridge Circle Elementary School - 420 Ridge Circle, Streamwood 

Throughout  the month of November 

Students create pictures, letters and cards for military troops stationed overseas. 

Harriet Gifford Elementary School - 240 S. Clifton Ave., Elgin 

Through Friday, Nov. 11

“Thankful for our Veterans” bulletin board with photos displayed in school all week 

Prairieview Elementary School - 285 Mayflower Lane, Bartlett 

Through Friday, Nov. 11

Throughout the week, the school librarian will be reading to classes the book "America's White Table" and the students will be "setting the table" according to the book with the items that represent special symbols of our veterans. 

A 1st grade classroom will write thank you notes to veterans, learn about the five branches of the military, and talk about the vocabulary word “appreciate” in relation to veterans. 5th grade classrooms will be making cards for veterans and conducting a reading and worksheet activity centered on Veterans Day.  

Tefft Middle School - 1100 Shirley Ave., Streamwood 

Through Friday, Nov. 11

Slideshow displayed on screen in cafeteria featuring photos of staff’s family and friends who are veterans 

South Elgin High School - 760 E. Main St., South Elgin 

Activities will vary through Friday, Nov. 11

A breakfast for staff veterans and visiting veterans will be held. Students will write postcards thanking veterans. Students at the Beacon Magnet Academy will share a veteran-themed broadcast with veteran interviews, history of Veterans Day, issues for veterans in the community, and patriotic music performed by the SEHS band. The SEHS student council and Storm Nation are collecting donations of comfort items to be delivered to Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Horizon Elementary School - 1701 Greenbrook Blvd., Hanover Park

Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8 a.m. 

Veterans Day breakfast 

Sycamore Trails Elementary School - 1025 Sycamore Lane, Bartlett 

Thursday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. 

Veterans Day assembly 

Hawk Hollow Elementary School - 235 Jacaranda Drive, Bartlett 

Thursday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. 

Veterans appreciation ceremony 

Kenyon Woods Middle School - 1515 Raymond St., South Elgin 

Thursday, Nov. 10 

Veterans Day panel held all day in the library for social studies classes 

Bartlett High School - 701 W. Schick Road, Bartlett 

Friday, Nov. 11

English classes will participate in a Veterans Day presentation in the auditorium. During PE classes, an Army vet will help organize physical fitness exercises similar to what’s used in basic training 

Elgin High School - 1200 Maroon Drive, Elgin

Friday, Nov. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. 

Current EHS staff members who are veterans will participate in a forum with students to take questions and discuss their experiences in the military 

Timber Trails Elementary School - 1675 McDonough Road, Hoffman Estates 

Friday, Nov. 11 at 9 am. 

Veterans Day assembly 

Heritage Elementary School - 507 Arnold Ave., Streamwood 

Friday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. 

Student-lead Veterans Day assembly featuring student performances 

Ellis Middle School - 225 S. Liberty St., Elgin  

Friday, Nov. 11 from 2:55 to 3:30 p.m. 

Veterans Day all-school assembly in the gym 

Streamwood High School - 701 W. Schaumburg Road, Streamwood 

Friday, Nov. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

“Veterans Day Winter Black & Gold Tip Off” featuring a boys basketball scrimmage, girls basketball scrimmage, varsity 3-point shoot-out, wrestling tug-of-war and community free throw contest. $2 per entry will be donated to VFW Post 5151