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Honoring Those Who Serve

Representatives from Paws and Effect visited Jordan Creek to talk about the important work of service dogs.

Representatives from Paws and Effect visited Jordan Creek to talk about the important work of service dogs.

Schools around the district took time today to honor our military veterans as well as current service men and women.

Jordan Creek Elementary staff and students honored their friends and relatives at the beginning of its Veterans Day assembly. They also heard from representatives from Paws and Effect, a local organization that trains and places service dogs with disabled veterans. The dogs can help veterans by comforting them, picking items up off the ground and even opening the refrigerator. Paws and Effect recently was named the 2013 Organization of Character at the Iowa Character Awards.

Fifth graders at Fairmeadows Elementary hosted an assembly, where four students recited an essay they had written about what Veterans Day means to them. The students also had the opportunity to read their essays at a service at McLarens Resthaven Chapel. A slideshow was presented at the school assembly with pictures of all of the service men and women who are friends and family of Fairmeadows staff and students.

The Fairmeadows 23rd Street Singers performed during a Veterans Day assembly.

The Fairmeadows 23rd Street Singers performed during a Veterans Day assembly.

Westridge Elementary fifth graders held a concert Nov. 8 at the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge before returning to the school to perform.

Clive Elementary invited veterans to the school on Nov. 8 with the band and choir performing for their special guests. Students wrote thank you notes, which will be delivered to local veterans today.

Thank you to all of the men and women who have served and who are currently serving our country. Your sacrifice is appreciated!