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‘All the soldiers went to war for us…’
AMHERST – Students and teachers at Spring Street Academy took time to pause Friday in remembrance of those who went into battle and lost their lives for freedom.
The Amherst school held an assembly for the occasion on Thursday. Principal Aaron Stubbert made a few changes to the usual assembly to engage the children and have them leave the gym with a better understand of the day the world stops to remember.
“We try to base it off our virtues and we do different virtues every month,” he said. “The first month is respect, the second month is co-operation and this month, we’re doing responsibility. Everything that we do pretty much runs into today. We had the kids participate in activities so they could all contribute. They each got a poppy, coloured it and that way they were all able to contribute to the assembly in some way.”
Stubbert said by encouraging all the students to contribute something to the Remembrance Day assembly, they will have respect for it.
“I think we’ve done that here today.”
For Remembrance Day itself and the contributions made by veterans, the students are doing special activities with their teachers and the staff put up posters for the children to look at and read.
“We do some explicit teaching about what Remembrance Day is and how that connects to something they can go home and talk to their parents about what it means to them,” he said. “That’s another reason why we had a student come up and talk about what a poppy means to him because for me to do it in my generation, it means something different. But the student was actually talking to his peers about what it means.”
Stubbert said he’s sure the assembly went well. All the student were attentive during the presentations and respectful to their special guests. By making the assembly student-run as much as possible, he said it gives the students ownership of it and helps the message hit home.
For student William Sprague, it did just that.
“All the soldiers who went to war for us, Remembrance day is a good way to remember them,” said Sprague.