Kings River Union Elementary School in rural Tulare County held an event today to honor Veterans and educate our students on the history and meaning of special day.
We are very grateful to the Dinuba High School JNROTC (Junior Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps) and the program leader, Lieutenant Brandon, for the incredible presentation to our students. Lieutenant Brandon was quick to respond to our request to have the cadets visit our elementary school site to present a special ceremony honoring Veterans Day. There were over 40 cadets that presented an educational routine for our students in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade.
Kings River Union staff members, Mr. Tim Stanton, First grade teacher, and Mr. Omar Lopez, School Social Worker are both veterans. They were thanked for their service to our country during the ceremony.
Kings River Union has a very special community with a long history and multiple generations of families that have attended the school. The love, respect, honor, and loyalty that binds the community together was definitely evident this morning as the ceremony was experienced by students, staff, community members, and honored veterans. There was also a photo display of both active service members and veterans that had been brought in by students and staff.
You could feel the pride in Saul Lopez as he sat beside his brother Carlos Munoz, a Kings River Union Alumni and active service member, who attended the event.
And the pride was evident in the faces of the Wilkins Family, Mrs. Jessica Wilkins the Kings River Vice Principal and her children, Justin, Jaylin, and JT as they stood next to their family member for a photo after the presentation. Mrs. Wilkins brother served in the marines and toured in Afghanistan and several other countries around the world. As we are with all of our veterans, we are so thankful and proud of these brave individuals.
The Dinuba High School JNROTC were professional and truly did a spectacular job helping to educate our young Pioneers!