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94 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 . Cape Gazette H.O. Brittingham pays tribute No matter how they were dressed, in uniform or not, all 25 veterans present at H. O. Brit- tingham Elementary School's Veterans Day ceremony Monday, Nov. 10, were clearly proud to be included in this annual event. The program, organized by music teacher Cheryl Howard, provided patriotic music from every student in the school. ,Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students opened the program by singing the national anthem, along with fifth-grade teacher Wendy Coverdale. Second-grade students led the school in %mer- ica" featuring Timothy Rossi and Tjamary Downing. Third-grad- er Ellie Davis played "Yankee Doodle" on the piano and then kindergarten students sang "Yan- kee Doodle" featuring Kimberly Calderon-Castillo. Fourth- and fifth-grade tstudents followed with "America the Beautiful" featuring Alexi Steele, Gabriella Windsor and Shamaiia Dowdell. Alysia Hood and Stacey King- Ruiz led the first-grade students in "God Bless America," and third grade sang "You're a Grand Old Flag." At last, the entire school sang "Let There Be Peace on Earth" featuring Hayden Steelman, Daniel Saez, ]aydon Mifflin and ]a'on Harris, and "God Bless the U.S.A." The program closed with the playing of "Taps" by band director Kenneth Schleifer. Guest speaker for this special event was newly retired Col. Mark A. Murray, formerly of Georgetown. Murray retired from the United States Army July 31, 2014, after 29 years of active-duty service. He spent one year in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division and 30 months in Afghanistan with the 18th Air- borne Corps and 82nd Airborne Division. He currently lives in Fayetteville, N.C., with his wife and two daughters. During the program, each at- tending veteran was called out by name, rank and service in the military by Principal Dr. Cristy Greaves. They were later photo- graphed with their HOB family member, and their photos are proudly displayed in the school showcase and at www.capehen- GUEST SPEAKER COL. MARK A. Murray addresses the audience at HOB. SUBMITTED PHOTOS Principal Dr. Christy Greaves poses with some of the veterans (l-r) James Coverdale, U.S. Navy; guest speaker Army Col. Mark A. Murray; and Tony Yannucci, U.S. Marines. Fifth-graders (l-r) Jaydon Mifflin, Hayden Steelman, Ja'on Harris and Daniel Saez lead the school in singing "Let There Be Peace on Earth." STUDENTS PREPARE VEGGIE SOUP FOR VETERANS STEVEN BILLUPS PHOTOS STUDENTS IN DIANE CAMPER'S PRE~K class at Ea- gle's Nest Christian Academy spent the morning Nov. 12 preparing vegetable beef soup for the veterans at Home -~ of the Brave. This is an annual event for the class, and the students and staff are always very happy that the Home of the Brave sends a letter back thanking the class for the soup. The class gathers around the pot of soup for a pho- to for the veterans. Shown are (l-r) Sophia Montag, Ty- ler Jarrell, Cullen Oliver, Lillian Feaster, Chad Marino, Gavin Strunk, Paige Nicholson, Mary Downs and Mad- , elyn Conley. Gavin Strunk shows Chad Marino puts some the bowl of carrots, muscle into cutting up celery. celery and potatoes. ! Sophia Montag wears the chef's hat as she adds to- matoes to the soup. Nov. 22 event to be community organizations will be on hand at the event to talk held in Dover toparents, answer questions and help fill out charter school ap- The Delaware Charter Schools plications. Network will hold an expo from DCSN Executive Director Ken- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. dall Massett said the events focus 22, at Del-One in Dover featuring primarily on the schools but charter schools, businesses and also offer resources for families. community organizations. "Schools cannot be everything Such events are designed to every child - our families and to meet the growing demand children can gain a lot of support among parents for information from their local communities and about charter schools and choice the resources they offer," said in education. Student enrollment Massett. in Delaware's charter schools has "At our Charter School Ex- grown by over 87 percent since pos, families can learn about our the 2004-05 school year. schools and educational choices There are currently 24 charter for their children, and they can schools operating in the state get information about commu- serving over 11,000 children. New nity programs and businesses Castle County holds 18 schools, which can benefit the family as Kent County holds five, and Sus- a whole." sex County holds one. The Nov. 22 expo will be held Six new charter schools are at Del-One Federal Credit Union, slated to open in fall 2015. 270 Beiser Blvd Dover. For more DCSN leadership, charter information go to www.dechar- school leaders, businesses and