Local School Honors Veterans Day By Keeping Students In Class

Pilgrim Lutheran stays open on traditional ‘No School’ day; invites veterans to speak, free lunch.
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Beaverton - Oregon - US

BEAVERTON, Ore. - Nov. 7, 2014 - PRLog -- …Tuesday, November 11th is Veterans Day, a holiday for most banks, government offices, and schools. But at Pilgrim Lutheran School in downtown Beaverton, November 11 th will be a school day like no other – including history lessons from local war veterans, field trips to the Veterans Memorial Park and Vietnam Memorial, a complimentary lunch served for veterans, and an all-school assembly.

Pilgrim Lutheran School’s faculty, staff, parents, students and the church’s Director of Christian Education, Andrea Gehrke, are all working together to plan this special day with the goals of honoring our veterans while students learn about veterans in the community.

To prepare, Pilgrim’s students are practicing special songs to sing, making thank you cards, and creating mess hall decorations. At lunch, students will sit alongside veterans to learn about their military experience. In morning classes, some grades will discuss contributions of our country’s war vets and learn history of U.S. wars. Others will have in depth discussions with veterans as guest speakers. The assembly will feature student songs and remarks from World War II veteran, Elmer Morlock.

The school’s lunch coordinator, Cynthia Dixon, who makes all school lunches from scratch, is preparing a feast for invited veterans and students. The school gym will be transformed into a ‘mess hall’ and middle school students involved in student leadership will serve lunch.

“What better way is there to learn history, than from the experiences and stories of those who have lived it? So Pilgrim is inviting veterans from the school and church community and from the whole Beaverton area so our students can learn from them while they thank them for their service.” says Chris Herold, Principal at Pilgrim Lutheran School. Veterans planning to attend include those who served on the beaches of Normandy, in the jungles of Vietnam, and in the Middle East.

This is the second year the school has chosen to stay open during this holiday.


Pilgrim Lutheran School is accredited by both AdvancED and National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA). It offers exceptional academic programs for Preschool – 8 th grade students.

About Pilgrim Lutheran School

Pilgrim Lutheran School is an accredited, Christian school, equipping children from preschool through eighth grade for life. Pilgrim has student-teacher ratios averaging 15 students per grade. Since 2008, Pilgrim Lutheran School has performed extremely well on the nationally standardized Iowa Test of Basic Skills, typically scoring among the top 5% of schools taking the test. Several children have been identified for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program. The great majority of Pilgrim students are able to go on to the high schools and colleges of their choice.

For more or information call our school office 503-644-8697 or email school.office@pilgrimbeaverton.com. More information can be found by visiting http://pilgrimbeaverton.publishpath.com/

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