Secondary Campus News

Thank you -- from a veteran

Posted on: November 10, 2017 12:00 am
A veteran stops by to thank a Finneytown student

Army Specialist (Retired) Maria Hale was honored at Whitaker Elementary's Honoring Our Veterans celebration. Three days later, she visited the Secondary Campus to say a special thanks of her own.

Sixth graders learning to salute

Spec. Hale, a medic, was touched when sixth grader Anya Revelle read her poem, Red, White and Blue, at the celebration. Then Anya gave it to the veteran. In turn Spec. Hale surprised Anya in her sixth-grade classroom later that week with gifts of Challenge coins, a retired flag and a Rosie the Riveter lunchbox.

 "Miss Anya wrote a really fabulous poem and, of all the veterans who were there that day, she gave it to me. This was my chance to pay it back," Spec. Hale told Anya's class.

Before she headed out, Spec. Hale taught the class how to deliver a proper salute and encouraged them to dream big and to "thank your family members who are veterans as often as you can."