Why Centre Co. schools have a full student day on Veterans Day observance

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Centre County, Pa- With Sunday’s official observance of Veterans Day, Monday is considered a government holiday.

Some Schools throughout Central PA gave students the day off. But all five public school districts in Centre County had a full day of school.

WTAJ looked into why this is the case.

Districts we spoke with all had similar answers which centered around the idea that students learn more about Veterans Day, and have a better respect for what it means, by being in school.

“We feel it’s more valuable for students to have a day of Veterans visiting classrooms, presentations about military service, about the history of military service during that day, rather than having the day off completely,” said Chris Rosenblum, Communications Director for State College Area School District (SCASD).

SCASD held a number of different veterans day programs Monday, including one for Delta Program Middle School kids.

The program included a student anthem singer, a teaching of the history of Veterans day, along with lessons on the metal of honor ceremony, roles that women play in the military, and roles that K-9 units play in the military.

All of which are important to Delta Program Middle School Social Studies teacher Paul McCormick.

“I think it’s important to use school as a vehicle for understanding what has occurred in the history of the United States, so I like to have the students here to explain it, rather than having a day off,” McCormick said.

But a local college student has a different take

“Growing up here they would always give us off school at the beginning of deer hunting season, so I’d say if they can do it for deer season, they can do it for veterans day,” said Colin, Mellace, a current Penn State Student.

In response to the notion that students learn more about Veterans day in school, Mellace feels information about the holiday can just as easily be learned at home.

“If you have the intellectual curiosity to pursue studying that stuff, that’s great, use the time do so,” Mellace said.

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