3rd-graders to come to Eastern for Veterans Day

AJ Fournier, Campus Reporter

Students in a third grade class at Carl Sandburg Elementary School will come to Booth Library to present a class reading in honor of Veterans Day.

Michele McDaniel, coordinator of the Ballenger Teachers Center, said the students of teacher Suzie Bosler’s third grade class have been coming annually for the last five years to do this, as it gives the third graders a better understanding of Veterans Day.

McDaniel said the third graders will be reading Margot Theis Raven’s book “America’s White Table,” which is a description of the white table event for the fallen soldiers.

“They read it, they practice it in their classroom and then they come here to the library to do the ceremony. The children are driving the whole event,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel said Bosler will read the book with the students as a group.

“Suzie is very interested in having her students have a real close connection with Veterans Day, so this is her way of getting them more involved in a hands-on way,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel said after the class reading will be a reading from one of the librarians, and then the students will head over to Old Main to watch the Veterans Day Ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

McDaniel said when she worked at Carl Sandburg and worked with Bosler, the students would always be impacted by the ceremony and learned a lot from it.

“When I worked with Ms. Bosler, she always said her students got a lot out of this ceremony and really seemed to enjoy it and get a deeper connection for our military and fallen soldiers,” McDaniel said.

TJ Prater, a student worker in the Military Student Assistance Center, said when the students head over to Old Main after the library, the students will just observe the ceremony.

“It educates them on what Veterans Day is and what it is about,” Prater said.


AJ Fournier can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].