Nov. 22, 2017
Streams: Veterans Day offers lesson in appreciation
As a component of Upper St. Clair’s IB PYP Program, Streams Elementary students focus on several positive attitudes including appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance. Veterans Day provided an opportunity for teachers and students to focus on appreciation.
“Throughout the weeks around Veterans Day, our students learned the importance of saying thank you to veterans and how to show appreciation for their service,” Rebecca Smith, resource teacher, said.
Students learned about the purpose of Veterans Day and worked cooperatively with “buddies” – pairing younger and older students together – to write letters of appreciation to veterans.
“We are proud to take time to learn about veterans and focus on their service, so that students can better understand how important these folks are to our community and society,” Dr. Claire Miller, Streams Elementary principal, said.
Students with friends or relatives who are veterans were able to hand deliver their messages and the remaining letters were distributed to Veterans Affairs medical centers in Butler, Oakland and Aspinwall.
“Through this discussion and letter writing buddy activity, we were able to honor those who have served in the military to protect us and keep us safe and free,” Mrs. Smith said. “The students really enjoyed the activity and took it to heart!”
Streams Elementary students regularly get together with their grade level buddies throughout the year to explore positive attitudes and elements of the learner profile.