Sharing the Dream Schools in the News

Samuel Hoffman/The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.: Navy veterans Ed Schulz, left, and Raymond Moyer look at old photos at Holland Elementary. Area veterans were guests of honor at a school luncheon.

Samuel Hoffman/The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.: Navy veterans Ed Schulz, left, and Raymond Moyer look at old photos at Holland Elementary. Area veterans were guests of honor at a school luncheon.

Veterans share stories at Holland

Sarah Janssen | The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.

About 40 military veterans and some of their family members sat at tables covered in tablecloths and hand-decorated placemats at Holland Elementary while students wandered the room, tending to their guests, offering coffee and drink refills and serving food.

The luncheon Friday was made possible through a $5,000 grant the school received from the National Association of Elementary School Principals and MetLife Foundation. Holland Principal Michael Caywood was among 25 elementary and middle school principals to receive the award.

Caywood said the grant’s goals are to create schools that are more globally oriented and engage students in service-learning projects that provide the opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures. The school plans to use the grant money for other events and projects that also align with the goals.

After the luncheon, veterans took photos, letters and other artifacts around to classrooms to share stories about the places they’ve traveled to and the people they met through their military experiences, Caywood said.

The school has also been in contact with the commanding officer of a military unit stationed in Kuwait. Caywood said the school plans to have students write letters to soldiers and chat with them live through video conferencing.

“It’s just another way of helping our kids learn about the areas where our military is serving,” Caywood said.

The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind. Published: January 21, 2013. Used with permission.

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Click here to read more about Holland Elementary’s project, “Caring for Our Soldiers and Veterans at Home and Abroad.”

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