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Ponca Public Schools Honor and Celebrate Veterans Day!

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Ponca Public  School Veterans’ Program


In honor of Veterans Day celebrated on Monday, November, 14, 2016, Ponca Public School hosted a school and community-wide  program entitled, “Partners for Patriots”.  

Veterans and auxiliary members from the American Legions of: Ponca, Jackson, South Sioux City, Sioux City, Newcastle, and Homer, and current military personnel attended the observance.  

 Elementary student council vice president Lily Korth led everyone in saying the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the band playing the National Anthem, directed by Mrs. Jessica Steckly.  

Elementary and high school student council presidents, Ashlyn Kingsbury and Jack Charlson gave the welcome.  High school student council vice president Ryan Bentz read a proclamation by President Obama.

Mrs. Kari Lowe directed the third through sixth grade students in singing  “Home”.  Mrs. Lowe also directed the Jr. High/High School Chorus in singing  “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, which included instrumental accompaniment by Morgan Janssen-trumpet, Olivia Hrouda-trumpet, Carter Kingsbury-drum and  Mrs. Jessica Steckly-trombone.

Jackson Legion Auxiliary sponsored an Americanism Essay contest last spring for students in grades 3-6. The following  students whose 1st place essays were judged at the state level, read their essays:  Class 2-Grades 5-6 Addie McGill  currently a 7th grader, Class 6-Alternative-Holden Velez currently a 4th grader. Holden’s essay placed 2nd at the state level, and Class 1-Grades 3-4 Brady Carnell currently a 5th grader. Brady’s essay placed 1st at the state level and placed 1st in the National Northwest Division which includes: Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado, Wyoming,  and Montana.

 High school student council members Shelby Rickett and Grace Salmen recognized veterans and military  men and women in attendance at the program. High school student council member Casey Brentlinger recognized twelfth grade students: Brianna Goodier who enlisted in the Iowa Air National Guard, and Russell McLean who enlisted with the Nebraska Army National Guard.

Ms  Cindy Brodie and Ms  Autumn Conrad (2007 PHS graduate), featured speakers for the program, gave information  about the Partners for Patriots Program.  They train service dogs to help disabled veterans and give the dogs to veterans free of charge. German Shepherd dogs, Hero and Jag, helped Cindy and Autumn demonstrate some of the skills  they have learned in order to help disabled veterans.

 Sophie Kramper and Abbie Hrouda, treasurers of the High School and Elementary Student Councils presented a donation in the amount of $1,275.00 to Ms Cindy Brodie and Ms Autumn Conrad on behalf of  Partners for Patriots. The donation was made possible from proceeds from fund raising projects, character meeting and staff donations, Ponca School’s Music Boosters, National Honor Society and the Elementary and High School Student Councils.

    Ms. Joan Reznicek, Ponca School Superintendent, gave the closing remarks.

During the program a multimedia  series of computer visuals were projected on a large screen by Ponca School’s technologist Mrs. Kristie Hayes and the sound system was operated by Ponca School technologist Jeff Reed.

Diane Gubbels from Coleridge, NE displayed a beautiful quilt she had made for a navy veteran, Eldon Marsh.

The website to learn more about Partners for Patriots is:  www.partnersforpatriots.org

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The Ponca Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, religion, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, or other protected status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Students: Mr. Jody Phillips, Superintendent of Schools, PO Box 568, Ponca, NE 68770 (402) 755-5700 (jodyphillips@poncaschool.org).

Employees and Others: Mr. Jody Phillips, Superintendent of Schools, PO Box 568, Ponca, NE 68770 (402) 755-5700 (jodyphillips@poncaschool.org).

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