Dennis Mohn, who retired from the Army, eats lunch with his grandson, first-grader Charlie Hixson, at Fenn Elementary School on Friday. BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE
MEDINA — Second-graders at Sidney Fenn Elementary School sang John Riggio’s “The Brave” to veterans Friday during their Veterans Day program.
“They sounded wonderful,” Fenn music teacher Jenny Lloyd said. “It was so nice for the kids to make connections with the veterans. It was nice that the visitors could come so we could thank them.”
About 40 veterans were scheduled to attend the ceremony at lunch time in the cafeteria, Principal Craig Komar said. Dennis Mohn, of Chippewa Lake, attended lunch with his grandson, Charlie Hixson. Mohn said he started in the Navy and retired from the Army.
“Any time I can do something to benefit kids, I’ll do it,” Mohn said.
Hixson, a first-grader, was happy to have his grandfather at his school.
“(The veterans) help our planet,” he said.
Komar said the idea to bring in the veterans was conceived in his leadership group meetings. The groups include students from kindergarten to fifth grade.
“We do things to help us be better citizens and do a service to the community,” he said.
The students also made cards and paper poppies for the vets.
Komar thanks the vets for joining them at the program.
“It sinks in a little more with the students,” he said.
There were Veterans Day programs across the school district Friday, except for A.I. Root Middle School. Many of its students are in Washington, D.C. Its program was rescheduled for Monday.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.