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Students at Tonasket Primary School have created a tribute wall for Veterans Day.

Area schools, veterans groups and community organizations hold various Veterans Day celebrations, although not all school events are open to the public.

Concerns over COVID-19 mean some schools are holding student-only assemblies.


Brewster Middle School and Brewster Elementary come together for a Veterans Day celebratory assembly today, November 10.

“It’s going to be reduced from what we’ve done in the past,” said Greg Austin, principal of the college. “We will have the sixth grade choir singing the national anthem, followed by some readings and some videos explaining what Veterans Day is all about.

“We also honor veterans who are family or friends of our students with signs that we have put up in our school. We are not inviting the public for COVID reasons. “

Brewster High School also has tentative plans for a 2:10 p.m. celebration on November 12. This could be adjusted, depending on the school’s participation in state volleyball.


A Veterans Day assembly for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on November 10 at the high school gymnasium, 1220 Kryger St.

The public and veterans alike are welcome, said high school principal Tamra Jackson.


A meeting, scheduled by the leadership class, is scheduled for 10 a.m. today, November 10, at Curlew School, 47 Curlew School Road.

The event is open to the public. A free crispy chicken salad lunch will be offered to Veterans.

Grand Coulee Dam area

• The celebration at Lake Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School will take place at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 12 and is open to veterans, with masks required, principal Sara Kennedy said.

Music will be included. The event will take place in the high school gymnasium, 505 Crest Drive, Coulee Dam.

• The American Legion Post 157 will not host the Veterans Breakfast in Electric City due to COVID-related concerns, Warrant Officer Shawn Neider said.


Due to COVID-19 and the Delta variant, the school is not hosting a public Veterans Day event.

“However, in addition to other classroom activities, the school plans to make signs and a design using stars to hang around the community in honor of all of our veterans,” Principal Steve Jantz said. “As a school, we also put up posters with photos and stories of our local veterans.

Methow Valley

• Students at Methow Valley Elementary School are learning about and celebrating Veterans Day through a variety of music and physical education activities this week, November 8-12.

• Luncheon and ceremony are scheduled for 11:00 am on November 11 by Methow Valley American Legion Post 143, 626 Bridge St., Twisp. Veterans are invited and may bring a guest.


Key Club students will place flags in local cemeteries.


• North Omak Elementary School will post a bulletin board honoring veterans, as well as a virtual slide show.

“Unfortunately, we are still not able to authorize parents, volunteers or members of the community to enter our school at this time,” said principal Star Stone.

• East Omak Elementary does not have any assembly plans. Music teacher Leslie Clough will prepare a video for students to watch.

• Omak High School will hold a meeting at 2:30 pm in the school gymnasium. The event is not open to the public.

The group will play, the reasons for each fold in the flag will be explained and a 21-gun salute is scheduled, ASB adviser Soni Klimek said.

• Okanogan American Legion will be at Omak High School at 2 pm to take the honors, said spokesman Eric Fritts. The group will also be in Apple Springs at 11 a.m. for a presentation and to take the honors.


A virtual presentation is set up by the history teacher.


The school has several activities to honor veterans, said principal Susan James.

The students wrote 200 postcards to deliver to veterans and veterans homes in the area, in association with Vet Corps. They also create stars with the names of their family’s veterans to honor them in the main entrance to the school.

The upper classes will have an assembly at 1 pm today, November 10, in the school gymnasium, 344 W. Beach St. The leadership of the associated student body will host the event, which will feature guests Brandon Kuehn , member of the veterinary body; Chelan Veterans Center and Charles Borg, local historian, retired army member, and Pateros graduate in 1956.

Borg will present a ghost box to the Gebbers family in honor of Pateros graduate George Leroy “Roy” Gebbers, of the United States Army during World War II. The phantom box is to replace the one lost in the Carlton Complex fire, James said.

Veterans and community members are welcome, she said.

The lower classes will participate in a Veterans Day program in their classrooms. Students and staff contributed to a wall of honor recognizing veterans into their families.


The American Legion Post No. 82 will celebrate Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11 with a parade through town, ceremony and dinner at the American Legion.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. along Whitcomb Avenue and ends at the US Armed Forces Legacy Project, 2A Tonasket Shop Road. A brief ceremony will be held, then veterans and community members are invited to attend a dinner in the Legion Hall, 319 S. Western Ave.

• Advisory classes at Tonasket High School create Veterans Day projects to commemorate and educate about the day, said Principal Trisha Roach. A virtual assembly is planned for the classes to present their work to the whole school.

Many projects are held at locations around town, and the school also has items delivered to the Veterans Day celebration in town.

• “We are celebrating Veterans Day at our school, but we will not be having an assembly that is open to the public,” said Lilly Martin, principal of Tonasket Elementary School.

Veterans and the American Legion will march through the halls, and students and staff will wear patriotic colors on November 10.

“Throughout the week, we will be exhibiting art and artifacts related to veterans, and students will participate in a variety of activities to learn more about veterans,” she said.

The Chronicle attempted to contact all school districts and veterans groups in Okanogan and Ferry counties and northern Douglas County. Not all of them responded on time.

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