Atlanta Public Schools Honors Nation’s Veterans and Military Men, Women

Morris Brandon Vets Day candy in boxes (11-3-15)
Students at Morris Brandon Elementary School donated more than 1,000 pounds of their Halloween candy to be shipped to United States military service men and women overseas.

Atlanta Public Schools will show its respect and appreciation for the area and the nation’s veterans and military men and women, as several schools and the district’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) will participate in events and activities for Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

This week, students at Morris Brandon Elementary School will send 1,092 pounds of candy they collected on Halloween to United States service men and women stationed all over the world.

The school held a contest in which each classroom competed to see which one could bring in the most candy. The winning classes were teachers Laura Hayley and Yolanda Patterson’s kindergarten classes, which each collected 45 pounds of candy. Bailey Anderson’s fifth grade class was just behind them with 43 pounds collected.

Morris Brandon students wrote letters to military men and women, thanking them for their service, and included the letters in the boxes of candy.
Morris Brandon students wrote letters to military men and women, thanking them for their service, and included the letters in the boxes of candy.

Two of Morris Brandon’s community partners – Healthy Green Schools and West Paces Ferry Dentistry – helped coordinate the contest and will handle shipment of the candy to the troops. Also, students wrote letters to the troops and included them in the boxes of candy.

“As an International Baccalaureate school, we stress the importance of being risk takers and world leaders to our students,” said Morris Brandon Assistant Principal Tiffany Momon. “This speaks to how our students take that to heart. They are risking and sacrificing their own happiness of eating their Halloween candy by giving it away for someone else to enjoy, and they are displaying leadership by stepping up to ensure that our troops know that they are appreciated.”

Additionally, on Thursday, Nov. 12, the day after Veteran’s Day is officially observed, two-star United States Major General Leslie Smith, a graduate of Douglass High School (225 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive), will return to his alma mater at 1:30 p.m., to be honored for his distinguished record of service to the nation.

APS students will also participate in the following Veteran’s Day activities include:

— Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 10 and 11 at 11 a.m. Cadets in the Coretta Scott King JROTC unit will provide color guard escorts for a Veteran’s Day program at The Coca-Cola Company Headquarters. Additionally, during both days, they will make candy bags for the USO, also at The Coca-Cola Company Headquarters.

— Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.  The Mays High School JROTC unit will participate in the Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Second Annual Veterans Day program, taking place in the Grand Ballroom of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, located at 7340 Old National Highway in Riverdale.

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