About 40 military veterans and some of their family members sat at tables covered in tablecloths and hand-decorated placemats at Holland Elementary while students wandered the room, tending to their guests, offering coffee and drink refills and serving food.
The luncheon Friday was made possible through a $5,000 grant the school received from the National Association of Elementary School Principals and MetLife Foundation. Holland Principal Michael Caywood was among 25 elementary and middle school principals to receive the award.
Caywood said the grant’s goals are to create schools that are more globally oriented and engage students in service-learning projects that provide the opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures. The school plans to use the grant money for other events and projects that also align with the goals.
After the luncheon, veterans took photos, letters and other artifacts around to classrooms to share stories about the places they’ve traveled to and the people they met through their military experiences, Caywood said.
The school has also been in contact with the commanding officer of a military unit stationed in Kuwait. Caywood said the school plans to have students write letters to soldiers and chat with them live through video conferencing.
“It’s just another way of helping our kids learn about the areas where our military is serving,” Caywood said.
•The Fort Wayne Urban League’s college readiness program Project Ready, in conjunction with the Housing and Economic Development department, is sponsoring a College Finance Workshop on how to afford education. It will be at the Urban League, 2135 Hanna St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 745-3100.
•Canterbury students Alaina Richert and Sabrina Richert competed individually in the State Senior Future Farmers of America Forestry contest division at Purdue University in December. Sabrina Richert earned sixth place overall and Alaina Richert scored ninth overall out of 186 contestants.
•Homestead High School senior Alison Mansfield was awarded the 2012-13 Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter and Allen County DAR Good Citizen Scholarship Award at a ceremony at the Allen County Public Library on Jan. 11. Mansfield was selected the overall scholarship winner of 15 school-level award winners. Zach Heck of Concordia Lutheran High School and Carissa Eisenmann of Woodlan Junior-Senior High School received honorable mentions.
•The Student Ambassador Scholarship is given to a person who attended a McMillen Center education session as a K-12 student and who has made the decision to pursue a career in health care, health education, wellness or prevention.
The student will receive $500 to assist in his or her education efforts. Students must be accepted or enrolled in their program. Nominations are due Feb. 1. The winner will be recognized at the McMillen Center’s Vitality Awards on March 21. Find more information at www.mcmillencenter.org/vitalityawards.
•Area fifth-graders are invited to register for the Fifth Grade Scholar Challenge on Feb. 9. The competition takes place at Canterbury Middle School, 5601 Covington Road.
As many as eight $6,000 scholarships toward Canterbury Middle School tuition will be awarded ($2,000 for each year of attendance in grades 6-8). Awards will be based on standardized testing, an essay, school transcripts and a personal interview.
Parents of participants are invited to visit the middle school campus from 9 to 10:30 a.m. to meet Canterbury faculty and students during the competition. For more information or to register visit www.canterburyschool.org/challenge or call 407-3553.