First grade class observes Veterans Day 11.14

Written by David Green.

Why join the military?

To help people be free, said one first grade student in Melissa Elliott’s class. To help our planet, suggested another. We want to help the country, said a third.

To help pay for college, said an adult, adding a dose of practical reality to the discussion.

“Some of us just wanted to be in the military since we were little kids,” said veteran Joseph Steadman.

Steadman, a part-time police officer with the Morenci department, served as the main speaker Monday for a Veterans Day ceremony in Mrs. Elliott’s class.

Students filled out forms ahead of time listing members of their families who have served or are serving in the armed forces.

During a “sharing circle” students took turns talking about their fathers, uncles, grandfathers and other family members. Some students had photos to show.

One spoke of a relative who lost his legs in World War II. Another student spoke of a relative who suffered a leg injury in Iraq.

One spoke of his great-grandfather. Another of his great-great-great-grandfather who fought in World War III.

World War III?

History can get a little fuzzy for first graders. 

Steadman told the class that some soldiers are still missing.

“It’s very important that we remember these people,” he said, pointing to his MIA  (missing in action) bracelet.

Jack Sampson of the Morenci American Legion post gave each student a small flag and Jeff Steadman, the brother of Officer Steadman, gave a commemorative dog tag to students whose parents were veterans.

The big gift was saved for class member Thomas Hodshire, whose father was killed in Iraq while the family was still living in North Adams.

Students in the class all signed a letter for Thomas in appreciation of the sacrifice by his father, Michael.

  • Front.pokemon
    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
  • Front.drum
    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
  • Girls.on.ride
    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
  • Front.softball
    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
  • Front.art.park
    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
  • Front.soccer.balls
    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.
  • Front.art.park
  • Front.drum
  • Shadow.salon

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016