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Paulding teachers find unique way to honor veterans
by Mary Cosgrove
mcosgrove@neighbornewspapers.com
November 19, 2013 04:29 PM | 3568 views | 1 1 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Teachers and volunteers at Burnt Hickory Elementary created this large-scale mosaic of an American flag using a photo of each student in the school.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Teachers and volunteers at Burnt Hickory Elementary created this large-scale mosaic of an American flag using a photo of each student in the school.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Burnt Hickory Elementary music teacher Katie Anderson, left, and art teacher Christy Steele compiled photos of each student into the mosaic.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Burnt Hickory Elementary music teacher Katie Anderson, left, and art teacher Christy Steele compiled photos of each student into the mosaic.
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Veterans Day was so important to the students and staff at Burnt Hickory Elementary in Paulding that the entire school collaborated to create a tribute to the men and women who keep this country safe.

The more than 900 students at the school had their photos taken to create a flag mosaic that is displayed in the school’s media center.

“It is the size of almost the entire wall. I didn’t reckon it would be that enormous,” said music teacher Katie Anderson, who came up with the idea.

Anderson and the school’s art teacher Kristi Steele took a red shirt and a white shirt, red for the girls, and white for the boys, and during their classes, took their photo against a corresponding color backdrop.

This way, the boys would represent the white stripes in the flag and the girls would represent the red.

The photos were formatted by a student’s mother, Meg Whittemore, and the stripes were hung on the wall.

Blue stars were cut out and signed by teachers and support staff at the school to complete the flag.

The flag was revealed during the school’s Veterans Day assembly Nov. 11. 

“They were very surprised,” Anderson said of the students upon seeing the final result. “They were really impressed, and I think our veterans were, too.”

In the six years the school has been open, veterans have been invited to an assembly during which they are honored with songs and a personal recognition of each veteran and their service in the school gym, followed by a buffet breakfast provided by the teachers and staff in the media center.

Anderson said the school takes its celebration seriously, planning weeks in advance.

“Everything we do, it always comes across as really big or really impressive,” she said. “All of the teachers who work at this school work really well together. It’s an amazing team effort on pretty much everything we do.”

The event is so large, it’s broken into two assemblies — one for the kindergarten, first and second grade levels, followed by a second for third, fourth and fifth graders.

This year, the fine arts club, which includes music and art, sang “Thank You, Soldiers,” and the entire school sang “God Bless America.” A parent-teacher ensemble of 25 to 30 sang the national anthem a capella in four-part harmony. “We have a pretty strong patriotic presence,” Anderson said of why the school goes all out for Veterans Day. “I would say every child is touched in some way or other by someone they either know, a close family member or friend’s dad who is a service person. For them to have that opportunity to thank them on Veterans Day — that’s one of the most important things we do.”

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Becca64
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March 26, 2014
Great job Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Steele! Burnt Hickory does a great job.
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