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Dear District 157-C Family and Community Members,

A very special date for our schools is coming up soon. All throughout the district, our administrators and staff are planning wonderful programs for our students to honor veterans on November 11, Veterans Day. Veterans from the community are welcome and invited to attend these programs at all schools.

Hickory Creek Middle School will host its annual free Veterans Day concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the school at 22150 116th Avenue. The Veterans Day Observation will be presented at 7:00 p.m. by the Tiger Band in cooperation with the Village of Frankfort and Mayor Jim Holland. The program will include a color guard presentation, patriotic songs and recognition of local veterans in attendance.

Hickory Creek seventh graders will also hold a special Veterans Day observance at 8:00 a.m. at the school where veterans are welcome to join the students as they listen to guest speakers. The students will acknowledge the veterans, thank them for their service and invite them to join them for a photo following the ceremony. Students have been competing to raise money for Honor Flight Chicago, a not-for-profit organization that brings World War II veterans to Washington, DC for a day of honor at no cost to them. During the assembly, students will present a check to Honor Flight Chicago with the funds raised. The students and veterans will also view a reenactment of a children’s story presented by the seventh grade staff.

Grand Prairie Elementary School, 10480 W. Nebraska, will host a Veterans Day assembly for the students on November 11 with a performance by second graders at 9:15 a.m. and veterans are welcome to attend. First and second grade students are also working on a writing project to honor veterans. One student from each class will be chosen to share their writing and illustration in a video to be shown at the assembly. In conjunction with their “Character Counts” character education program, from November 10 to 21 the school will also collect items to send overseas to support our troops. Community members wishing to contribute items or checks to help defray postage can find more information at “Support Our Troops” under Grand Prairie on the district virtual backpack at

The students at Chelsea Intermediate School, 22265 S. 80th Avenue, will observe Veterans' Day through a number of activities the entire week of November 10. Students will receive red, white, or blue ribbons to tie on a tree, light pole or door at their homes to honor veterans for all they have done for our country. In music classes, students are learning patriotic songs. During art classes students are studying historical art that came as a result of various wars. The school librarian is sharing patriotic and military books with students during library time and flag folding will be taught to the students during their physical education time. Veterans are invited to visit the technology classes throughout the week to help students utilize the Inspiration program to create graphic organizers recognizing our military branches.

We’re proud of our students and staff for honoring the brave men and women who serve our country. Nothing is more touching than seeing the students interacting with the veterans on their special day. The students are learning more about our country and the importance of its freedoms as they show their respect and appreciation to the veterans.


Dr. Maura Zinni
District 157-C Superintendent of Schools

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The mission of District 157-C is to prepare all students to be confident, life-long learners and productive citizens by challenging them to reach their fullest potential and by providing a quality educational environment in partnership with family and community.

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