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School News 2015-2016

An Annual Veteran's Tribute

VetDay1St. Mary's School annual Veteran's Day assembly was held November 11th and approximately 60 veterans processed into the school gym with their service branch flag leading the way. About 40 guests, including Patricia Olsen of the Omaha Archdiocese Office, watched as Cub/Boy and Girl Scouts lined the pathway into the gym, holding U.S. flags high above their heads. The Bellevue East Junior ROTC, led by 2014 St. Mary's graduate, Cadet/TSgt Nick Walker, performed the opening and closing flag ceremonies. Father Denny opened with a beautiful prayer for the veterans. Mayor Rita Sanders was the guest speaker. The eighth graders read about the history of Veterans Day and displayed each service branch flag while classmates read the history of each service branch. Miss Kallman led the older students in singing service branch songs after introducing the veterans of each branch. The entire student body sang a "thank you" song and extended their hands out towards the veterans in a blessing, which was read by the 5th graders.
There were five World War II veterans in attendance, the oldest being 94 year old Mary Bezy. Mayor Rita Sanders, Fr. Denny and Mrs. Wallinger presented each World War vet with a special gift. A special guest this year was Mary Francis Allen, 89 years young, who joined the WAC [Womens Army Corp] in 1949. Her husband had served in World War II.
Each year a special group of veterans are honored. This year the workers of the Martin Bomber Plant located at Offutt A.F.B. were honored. Ten different families were represented at the assembly with each of them receiving special recognition for their family's war effort here in the heartland. Two actual workers were among those present. Betty Anderson and Margie Dietz both worked at the Martin Bomber Plant in the 1940's. Marge Dietz was a secretary and remembers earning 90 cents per hour, Betty was a "Rosie the Riveter".
We learned about the history of Taps. Then Max Poe brought the assembly to its feet in silence as he played Taps just prior to the students returning to their classrooms. The veterans and their families enjoyed refreshments. Special thanks to Home and School and the teachers/aides for their support of this yearly event. Mrs. Shanker, Mrs. Feagan and Mrs. Storch are already thinking how to make next year's veteran assembly even more meaningful. For other photos click here.

St Mary's Information

St. Mary's Catholic School is a Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade School of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Our mission is to provide a Catholic education that nurtures students' hearts and minds to become servant leaders in an ever-changing world.

Our philosophy of education is to offer a five-day program to assist families in teaching those truths, skills, and ideals, which are necessary for Christian living. We believe that education must develop the faculties and abilities of the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally. To help achieve this, our faculty and staff are an integral part of the formation of Christian community and dedicate themselves to the task of developing Christian citizens.

 

 


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