Chagrin Falls Middle School Celebrates Veterans Day

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Chagrin Falls Middle School held a Veterans Day Celebration on November 9th in the Performing Arts Center. The presentation began with the Chagrin Falls band playing “Armed Forces Salute” and the “Star Spangled Banner.” Following the songs, the assembly watched a short video on the history of Veterans Day from the History Channel. Chagrin Falls High School Senior Madeline Ferguson then gave a speech about what Veterans Day means to her. After beginning her speech with a brief explanation of Veterans Day starting as Armistice Day, Ferguson explained the idea of soldiers sacrificing a part of themselves.

“They have already said goodbye to the people who mean the most to them. They have already made the commitment to love their country more than themselves. They have already accepted a new dogma from which to live and grow and perhaps die. They have made sacrifices that will change the way they see the world forever,” said Ferguson.

In her speech, she mentioned that in school, her teachers educate students about Veterans day and perpetuate a sense of gratitude for those who  served. “The day brings faces and names to the stories of war and to those who have served to provide us a safe place to grow and learn,” said Ferguson.

Ferguson ended by thanking the veterans in all branches whether by land, air, or sea. Her final quote was, “Veterans Day serves as a reminder that freedom is not free. I have grown up in a free country because others have paved my way.” Eight veterans from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12067 then stood up on stage and introduced themselves including their name, military branch, and timeline of when they served.

Following introductions, the veterans engaged in a question and answer period. Members of the VFW who were present accepted gifts of letters, a medal, and key chains. The presentation ended with a slideshow introducing students’ family members who were veterans.

Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation Student Board’s Kid’s Afternoon Out a Great Success

On November 7th, the Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation Student Board held their fifth annual Kid’s Afternoon Out, also known as KAO. KAO is organized by members of the Student Board and is held in the Chagrin Falls Middle School cafeteria and gym. Out of the 40 total members on the board, 30 students were volunteers at the event to help with stations and manage the 50 preschool through fourth graders participating in KAO.

At the event, the kids could make two crafts, have their face painted, play bingo, play with Legos, play Twister, get temporary tattoos, decorate cookies, and play games in the gym. This year’s KAO was for two and a half hours and thanks to much advertisement and participation from local kids, the Student Board raised more than $1,000. The money earned from KAO is given back to the Chagrin Falls Schools in the form of grants. Teachers or anyone involved with the school is able to apply for grants for materials, excursions for their classes, or any type of educational benefit to the students. Kid’s Afternoon Out is not only a great way to give back to the school, but a great way for kids to have fun with their friends.

Contributed By Bethany Bacus, senior, Chagrin Falls High School

Community Invited to Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Gallery Walk

On Thursday, December 7th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Chagrin Falls Schools is hosting a Gallery Walk at the Chagrin Falls Historical Society, 87 E. Washington Street. Residents can preview exterior features of the new Intermediate School including sample building materials and components, as well as review the updated design and renderings. Residents also can meet the Stantec design team, ask questions, and provide input and feedback.

Parking will be available at the Historical Society and at the adjacent parking lot at the rear of the neighboring lot 95 E. East Washington Street with an entrance on the shared drive for the Historical Society. We also have permission for event parking at 57 E. Washington St. located just west of the
Historical Society and a short walk up the same side of E. Washington St.

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