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North High students take time to learn about veterans

November 30, 2007|By JANET HEIM

The goal was to acquaint high school students with Veterans Day, to help them understand the meaning behind the day. Students at North Hagerstown High School spent two advisement sessions on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 7, focused on Veterans Day.

The first day, students discussed what freedom meant to them and learning how Veterans Day came to be.

The second day, students put their creativity to the test, personalizing their classroom doors with photos, original artwork and slogans. The decorated doors were judged by local veterans Dick Hembrock and Ken Conway and former North High student Jonathan Breehl.

"There were some amazing doors! All of the kids participated and seemed to have a greater appreciation for what Veterans Day is and why we celebrate our heroes," teacher Kimberly O'Kane said in an e-mail.

Doors were judged for their creativity, originality and content. A requirement was that all of the armed services be included in the door designs.

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In addition to gaining a better understanding of Veterans Day, it gave the students the opportunity to show their appreciation for men and women in the armed services.

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