Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) highlighted Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11 as part of American Freedom Week. The school system celebrates American Freedom Week during the week that Veterans Day falls and schools give special recognition to those who serve the country and those who gave their lives to preserve America’s liberty. CCPS honored veterans and military members during the week of Nov. 10-14. Recognition events range from student breakfasts with veterans and members of the military from their school communities to assemblies in which students and staff honor veterans with certificates, letters of thanks and parades in the school hallways.

Dr. James Craik Elementary School hosted a special assembly Nov. 11 to honor more than 30 veterans and active military members. Students lined the school hallways after the assembly and guests participated in a special parade. Over at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, veterans were invited to have breakfast with students and staff on Nov. 11 to share their stories on why they chose a career in the Armed Forces. La Plata High School hosted a special ceremony on Nov. 13 and featured Larry Abell of the Maryland’s Veterans Museum as the guest speaker. Following the ceremony, JROTC cadets were paired up with veterans in attendance to learn about their experiences and then presented to their peers what they learned from their veteran pairing.

This year’s November Board of Education meeting fell on Veterans Day, and all in attendance at the start of the meeting observed a moment of silence to honor those who serve the United States. Student cadets from each Charles County public high school rotate presenting the colors during Board meetings, and La Plata cadets participated in the Nov. 11 meeting. The Board presented a resolution to students and staff last month to recognize American Freedom Week, which is highlighted annually.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
Cutline for photo: Kindergarten students at Dr. James Craik Elementary School spell out “Thank You” for veterans and members of the military who attended a special assembly and schoolwide parade on Nov. 11 to highlight American Freedom Week and Veterans Day.