UNION CITY – Mississinawa Valley Local Schools will be holding its seventh annual Veterans Day Program on Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. One-hundred and seventeen students at Mississinawa Valley (K-12) have invited 91 veterans to join them at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast. This breakfast is prepared and served by the Junior High Student Council and their Adviser, Mrs. Masters.
At 9 a.m., the veterans will join the rest of the student body for their program in the gym. The program features students speaking that range from grades 4-12. Second and third graders will be greeting our special guests and handing out programs. Mrs. Knox and Mrs. Humphries’ classes shopped for all the groceries (except for the 45 dozen eggs that were donated by Cal-Maine Foods) and made all of the muffins.
Their community service project this year was to collect non-perishable food items for The Journey Home located in Winchester, Ind. The Journey Home is a facility that provides short term residential, transitional housing for homeless veterans, some struggling with PTSD and/or addiction. They are only one of four veteran specific (only catering to military veterans) facilities in the entire US. They house, fed, offer case management, provide various types of counseling/therapy, training in social skills, spiritual guidance, transportation to medical appointments, resume/job assistance, and housing support. They provide services for veterans who need help to productively reintegrate into society. They have collected 1,565 items to donate and are still in the process of raising money with various dress-up days (sponsored by the Elementary Student Council) and a donut day (sponsored by the High School Student Council).
K-12 has made decorations for the hallways as well as various items were donated to be on display in the display cases outside the cafeteria.
This is a district event that they are all very proud of. It grows bigger and bigger each year and they’ve been told there is no other program like it around.