Students in Tucson Unified School District honored veterans and celebrated Veterans Day with interviews, assemblies, murals, art shows and kindness days.
Students in Tucson High Magnet School’s advanced art class created an 8-by-20 foot mural to honor veterans of World War II from all five branches of the Armed Forces that can be seen during the Tucson Veteran’s Day Parade on Wednesday.
The mural came about in late September, when the Arizona Department of Economic Security Veterans’ Employment Administration contacted Tucson High to ask students to accept the challenge of creating this large work in a short amount of time.
University of Arizona painting Professor Alfred J. Quiroz visited Tucson High and advised students about how to approach a mural design of this scale that would not only be seen from a distance, but also moving as a float in a parade.
Students researched iconic images to commemorate each branch of the Armed Forces in a bold and meaningful way. Veterans from the DES provided general preferences, such as separating each panel by branch of the Armed Forces, and featuring paratroopers to represent the Army.
After the parade, the float will be dismantled and placed on display at the DES office on Irvington Road.
Thursday, Nov. 12
From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., students at Warren Elementary School will display Patriotic artwork, pictures of Veterans, and sing songs to show appreciation and respect to all current military and Veterans in the area. The school is located at 3505 W. Milton Rd.
Students at Hudlow Elementary School will install a Kindness mural all day Thursday and Friday.
Friday, Nov. 13
Students at Lineweaver Elementary School will have a Kindness day from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Earlier in the week, students at University High School, Pueblo Gardens PK-8 School and Roberts Naylor K-8 School held their celebrations of Veterans Day.
On Tuesday, students at University High School, presented their interviews with World War II and Vietnam veterans.
The interviews were a project led by teacher Don Dickinson, who runs a club that teaches students how to conduct historical interviews.
Students in the club interviewed the veterans and compiled their stories into a book called, “In Case You Asked.” It will be submitted to the United States Library of Congress.
Also on Tuesday, students at Pueblo Gardens PK-8 School held a Veteran’s Day Flag Raising Ceremony honoring veterans with help from the Cholla Magnet High School ROTC.
Students at Roberts Naylor K-8 School held a Veteran’s Day assembly on Tuesday where teachers, students and staff wore white tops, blue bottoms and a special flag sticker to honor veterans. A Color Guard unit from Davis Monthan Air Force Base was present, and the school recognized family members, teachers and members of the community who have served in the military. Some classes also wrote letters to veterans.