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On Veterans’ Day (Wednesay, November 11), the ROCORI secondary site was host to a special program honoring the service of America’s military veterans.  It is an annual tradition of the school district to host a Veterans’ Day program and, over the last several years, the program has been planned by the members of our Senior High Student Senate.

This year’s program, as has become our custom, was a very nice and respectful tribute to our military veterans.  The keynote speaker at the event was Pat Mitchell, retired President of Coldspring.  Pat shared some brief information about his military service but the emphasis of the presentation was to demonstrate how our community has been part of honoring our veterans and military service. 

The granite company has been involved in the construction of virtually all the war monuments on our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.  In addition, Pat explained that there are two local tributes to our veterans—Veterans Park, near our school campus, and the Gold Star Mother’s display at the American Legion Post downtown—which used stones designed for the Korean War memorial.  The background provided brought new meaning and value to the monuments in our community!

Veterans in attendance, including those from the VFW, American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, were honored during the program.  School staff members who have served in the Armed Forces were also recognized during the program.

The senior high program featured musical performances by the senior high choir under the direction of Kim Morford.  The choir performed the National Anthem and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”  As the audience was asked to pause for a moment of silence, Taps was played as a reminder of the sacrifice offered by many members of the Armed Forces.  Students from the middle school student council led the entire student body in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The Veterans’ Day program was a very fitting tribute to our nation and those who serve or have served in our military forces.  Students, in both sessions, were exceptionally attentive and respectful during the program—including several moments of complete silence in the gym!



This week is recognized across the nation as American Education Week.  The ROCORI School District seeks to honor all school district employees and all who serve a role in our educational system during the course of the week through a variety of activities.

Each building will have some type of recognition program during the week.  The ROCORI school board members are also present, throughout the week, to greet staff members and to support and recognize staff members for their service during American Education Week.  School board members will also travel to the bus garages for Richmond Bus and Voigt Bus to honor our transportation providers.



The American Legion Auxiliary units in Cold Spring and Richmond host receptions for our school staff during American Education Week.  These events are always very positive experiences! 

The members of the Auxiliary work so hard to prepare a nice reception for the ROCORI Staff! They truly want to honor the work with the students of the district that is done by all members of our school system.  The opportunity to engage in a positive event like this, in a great setting, is always very meaningful! 

The Cold Spring American Legion Auxiliary unit invites staff from all parts of the school system to the reception.  This year, the event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18.  The Auxiliary is starting the event at 1:30 to allow bus drivers, evening shift employees, coaches and others to attend. 

Also during the week, the Richmond Legion Auxiliary hosts an afternoon reception for the staff at Richmond Elementary School and St. Peter and Paul Elementary School.  This is also a very nice event.

Thank you, Auxiliary members, for the nice annual receptions and the wonderful support of the schools in our district!