In her annual challenge to students, Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway wanted to do something unique for those who have served their country for Veterans Day.
The idea was to have students fashion things like cards, letters and drawings to thanks the vets for their service.
And on Friday, she was moved by the overwhelming results.
Students wound up making 2,484 items to distribute to local veterans. Maple Street School took home the challenge trophy after its 328 students made 399 tribute pieces for a percentage of 121.
Northeast School was next at 107 percent. Its 328 students made 353 items.
Vernon Center Middle School's 703 students made 693 items for a percentage of 98.
At Lake Street School, the 278 students fashioned 253 items for a percentage of 91.
Center Road School was at 59 percent. Its 507 students created 300 items.
Skinner Road School was at 47 percents as its 328 students made 155 items.
Rockville High School has a population of 973. A total of 331 items were made for a percentage of 34.
Veterans Day was Sunday but the observance carries into Monday. School is in session, which was a source of some controversy when initiated last year. One thought was that students would benefit more from learning about veterans in school that day than taking a day off.
Several Veterans were invited to the awards ceremony at maple Street, including school system staff member Tammy Salminen, who served in the Navy for 20 years.
On Friday, Conway said she saw something that drove that point home. A student who is part of the new Young Marines program, excited approached the vets and asked them to sign his handbook.
"That's what it is all about," she said.
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