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 New Teacher Leads Veterans Day Assembly at Welsh

1/9/2020 12:00 AM

​If you have a chance to see Mr. Reuter in action, you would never know that it is his first year teaching! Mr. Reuter teaches fourth grade at Welsh Elementary School. He came off of a year of student teaching fourth grade at Kishwaukee Elementary School in the Aspiring Teacher program. He has had an excellent start to this school year and brings an enthusiasm for teaching that has already had many positive effects on the school. Most recently, he headed the first ever Veterans Day assembly at Welsh.

As a member of the United States Marine Corps from 2008-2012, this assembly held extra meaning for Mr. Reuter. According to Mr. Reuter, "When I found out that Welsh had not had a Veterans Day assembly in the past, I knew that my first contribution to Welsh elementary would be creating a special day to honor our veterans. I served in the United States Marine Corps and hold my service near and dear to my heart. I think it is important to educate our students on the aspect of freedom. Even as adults, it is common to take our freedom for granted and forget the men and women fighting for it every day. I wanted students to understand freedom in its full capacity while sharing the sacrifices that come with freedom."

The assembly required a lot of planning and prepping from Mr. Reuter and the staff members of his Veterans Day committee. The assembly included the whole school, and students with veterans in their families were encouraged to invite any family members. The students prepared Veterans Day artwork and songs with our music teacher, Ms. Erwin. Mr. Reuter and the students at Welsh transformed the gym to make the assembly extra special, and each grade level made decorations based on one branch of service. During the assembly, the color guard from Loves Park VFW #9759 presented, several students read letters they wrote about the importance of Veterans Day, and each grade level sang the song from their branch of service.

It was a wonderful assembly that honored the veterans in attendance and in spirit. Mr. Reuter's thoughts on the assembly: "What I believe made the assembly the most impactful was the fact that the students were able to honor family members and friends who are veterans. Inviting veterans from the community to be honored made the assembly a more personal one. I firmly believe the community was brought closer by having veterans within the community attend. The messages in the songs sung by the students and the letter read to the veterans was powerful beyond measure. I look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come. I could not be prouder to be a Welsh Bulldog!"

Thank you to Mr. Reuter for bringing his vision for a Veterans Day assembly at Welsh to life and to all the veterans who have served our country.

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