Veteran’s Day program is FridayPublished 11:49am Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Fergus Falls Public Schools extends a sincere thank you to all Veterans for their dedicated service to our country. This year’s Veterans Program will be held on 11-11-11 (Nov. 11, 2011) at 10 a.m. in the Gold Gym at Kennedy Secondary School. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this annual event.
Please park in Lot 1 Main Entrance or Lot 2 Bus Transfer area. There will also be parking available farther from the building in Lot 3 — Student/Activities parking lot. To enter the building, use the Main Entrance (Door A) or the Activities Entrance (Door H). Chairs will be available for visitors on the floor near the stage.
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides the following information on Veterans Day…
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday — a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd
Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.”
With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
NEA celebrates the 90th American Education Week
As I was searching for information on American Education Week (AEW), I found out that the National Education Association (NEA) is celebrating its 90th anniversary. The NEA website states that distressed over the fact that 25 percent of the country’s World War I draftees were illiterate and nine percent were physically unfit, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education.
The conventions of both organizations subsequently adopted resolutions of support for a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education.
In 1921, the NEA Representative Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa, called for designation of one week each year to spotlight education.
In its resolution, the NEA called for, “An educational week … observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs.”
Over the past five years, the Fergus Falls Public Schools have recognized Teacher and Support Staff of the Year nominees and winners during American Education Week.
This year’s award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 3:45 pm in the Kennedy Secondary School’s cafeteria. The public is welcome to attend the event.
The 544 Education Foundation would like to know how it’s doing and would appreciate your valuable input. The organization is requesting the public to participate in a short survey by logging onto www.544foundation.org and clicking on the survey link.
The survey should only take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will inform the Foundation on what it’s doing well and what it can improve upon. Thank you for your participation.
Jerry Ness is the superintendent of the Fergus Falls Public Schools.