MISSOULA – We headed over to Mountain View Elementary School in Missoula where the kids there have been working for several months on a very special Thanksgiving program for this week’s Arts and Education report.
This year, with Veterans Day and Thanksgiving falling just 11 days apart, the students at Mountain View Elementary decided to put on a very special program for our local veterans.
The day started out with the students reenacting the story of the first settlers to come to America before the program transitioned to honoring our veterans as the kids sang the songs for each branch of the military.
As the kids were singing, volunteers were working hard in the background, creating a Thanksgiving feast. Just another way the students and faculty could say thank you to all who served.
“It was pretty special to me, my dad’s dad, he served in the military and my great grandpa served in the military to,” said fifth-grade student Kaitlyn Brezenski.
Those in the audience were not the only ones to benefit from the event with Principal Sandy Webster saying that programs like these can have great learning benefits for these kids.
“It really puts purpose in learning for them, and they have to know fluency they have to be able to read, and re-read and re-read, so it helps a lot with the language arts. It gives them confidence to do more. It is learning with a purpose,” Webster concluded.