Throughout the day, seventh-grade students spent time with members of the local VFW and American Legion, as well as other veterans, to celebrate Veterans Day.
Students and veterans together enjoyed lunch that was donated by parents.
“It’s nice to know the school has taken time to teach the kids what we did,” said Jack Maxfield, who served in the Vietnam War.
The Spring Lake man attended the luncheon with his granddaughter, Tapanga Pena. Maxfield said the students had great questions about his service.
“It’s fantastic,” Maxfield said about the event.
Pena, 12, said she invited her grandfather to school after learning he served in the military and what he went through during the war. As she spent time with her grandfather and others who risked their lives for their country, Pena said she felt great taking time out of her day to honor veterans.
“It’s really fun,” she said.
Seventh-grade social studies teacher Michelle Maitner said her students have been honoring veterans for several years. She said her favorite part is hearing the conversations between the generations.
The official Veterans Day is Sunday, Nov. 11.
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