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Third graders from Shawnee Trail Elementary School pledge allegiance as they wait to march into cafeteria for the school's practice of a "Stars and Stripes" Salute to Veterans.

Frisco ISD schools paid tribute to military personnel, both past and present, with numerous events and lessons presented across the District.

Activities on many campuses taught students about citizenship, love for country and respect for those who serve or who have served the United States in uniform.

Students shared pictures and messages thanking veterans for their service, as well as photos of veterans from their own families.

At Pioneer Heritage Middle School, a week-long educational program raised awareness about the service and sacrifice of veterans, while also benefiting the Veterans Walk of Honor at Frisco Commons Park.

The school and PTO partnered with the North Texas Military Association and others on a “One-Mile Hump,” encouraging students to carry “rucksacks” and walk a mile in a soldier’s shoes.

At Smith Elementary, students read letters, poems and essays they wrote during three separate remembrance ceremonies.

Fifth grader Olivia Hankins thanked veterans in attendance by quoting Abraham Lincoln: “Honor to the soldier, and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause.”

At Vandeventer Middle School, Vietnam Navy veteran Ron Gunkel enjoyed lunch with his wife and grandson Trent, a sixth grader.

Students and staff had invited family members who had served in the military to attend the luncheon.

“It’s good for the kids to think about what being an American means to them and to realize that freedom isn’t free,” Gunkel said.

At Sparks Elementary, a school-wide art project featured the red, white and blue handprints of more than 660 students arranged as an American flag.

“The many strokes of colors and splatters of paint on the flag are the inspiration of two famous American artists, Jasper Johns and Jackson Pollock,” explained art teacher Michelle McClendon. “Students wanted to dedicate the painting to all the men and women who have served and are currently serving in our military.”

Check out the District’s Facebook page for more school activities honoring Veterans Day.

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