In accordance with the N.C. General Assembly’s 2017 designation of November as Veterans’ History Awareness Month in North Carolina public schools, Henderson County Public Schools’ elementary, middle, and high schools are honoring local veterans through various school activities and assemblies. Provided is a list of media-friendly activities throughout the month of November.

Please note, the following list is not for publication but to invite coverage of various events.

Unique Stories:
One of Apple Valley Middle’s teachers, John Street, is one of the few remaining Americans who participated in the Enewetak Atoll Atomic Debris Cleanup Mission in the Marshall Islands to clean up after the United States’ atomic bomb testing during the 1940s and 1050s. In his honor, the school is collecting money for Enewetak Atoll Cleanup survivors, many of who experience health challenges they attribute to radiation exposure. The 8th Grade Student Government is currently selling Atomic Fire Ball candy to support this cause. Mr. Street will be available for interviews on Monday, Nov. 13.

Fletcher Elementary’s kindergarten classes have created an American flag with student handprints (displayed in the school) and cards to be distributed at the N.C. State Veterans Home in Black Mountain. Teacher Sheena Tillery is currently coordinating when to deliver the cards, so date is TBD.

Flat Rock Middle staff and Hillandale Elementary staff will go head-to-head in a kickball fundraiser on the middle school’s softball field on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $1, and all proceeds will benefit Blue Ridge Honor Flight.

Other Events Throughout the Month:

Monday, Nov. 6 @ 7:30 a.m. – Bruce Drysdale Elementary is raising money for Blue Ridge Honor Flight, which sends veterans to Washington, DC to visit memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifices. On Monday (Nov. 6), Ms. Rodriguez’ 3rd grade class will be selling bookmarks for 10 cents to parents in the car rider line. The students have also created a bulletin board display honoring veterans for the month of November.

Wednesday, Nov. 8 @ 10 a.m. – Students in West Henderson High’s JROTC will present the Missing Man Ceremony to the student body.

Wednesday, Nov. 8 @ 1:30 p.m. – Veterans have been invited to an assembly at Sugarloaf Elementary, featuring student speakers and performers.

Wednesday, Nov. 8 @ 2 p.m. – At Glenn C. Marlow Elementary, Korean War veteran and Blue Ridge Honor Flight fundraiser Hilliard Staton will speak to students and staff about Honor Flight during the school’s “Day of Change.”

Thursday, Nov. 9 @ 8 a.m. – All veterans in the community have been invited to attend a celebration at Dana Elementary during which the Jammers School Choir will perform, the East Henderson High JROTC will present the colors, “Coins for Courage” will be collected to help sponsor a Blue Ridge Honor Flight, and Korean War veteran Hilliard Staton will share his experience being sent to Washington, D.C. through Honor Flight.

Thursday, Nov. 9 @ 8:30 a.m. – A Veteran’s Day Breakfast honoring Apple Valley Middle students’ family members who have served will feature the Apple Valley Middle symphonic band, strings, and chorus. Students will recite poetry and share written work, and change will be collected for the Enewetak Atoll Cleanup survivors. The 50-50 raffle at football games this year is also benefitting Blue Ridge Honor Flight.

Thursday, Nov. 9 @ 8:30 a.m. – Veteran family members have been invited to a breakfast at Atkinson Elementary, followed by a school assembly at the flagpole with the presentation of colors by East Henderson High’s JROTC.

Thursday, Nov. 9 @ 9:30 a.m. – Local veterans will attend an 8 a.m. breakfast at Edneyville Elementary, with a presentation in the gym at 9:30 a.m., during which students will represent each branch of the U.S. military with banners, and classes will make presentations.

Thursday, Nov. 9 @ 1:30 p.m. – Veterans and families have been invited to a Hendersonville Elementary assembly during which a local veteran will speak and HES students will perform. The school is also collecting money for Blue Ridge Honor Flight.

Ongoing through November – Students at the Henderson County Career Academy are writing thank-you letters to local veterans, and the letters will be delivered by Hendersonville City Councilman Jeff Miller on November 16 at the monthly gathering of veterans at the Dixie Diner in Laurel Park.