Veterans Day plans set

This year the Caledonia VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsored the Patriot’s Pen essay contest for local middle schoolers. The essay’s topic was “What I would tell America’s founding fathers,” and 90 essays were handed in for judging. A third party reviewed the students’ submissions, and six first through third place winners were selected. They include, from left, Carly Steele, eighth grade, third place; Alyssa Beckwith, seventh grade, first place; Rebeckah Schroeder, seventh grade, second place; Alyssa Meiners, eighth grade, first place; Logan Larson, seventh grade, third place; and Katharine Johnson, eighth grade, second place. Winners received checks, depending on placement, for $25, $20 and $15. The winning essays are published on pages 5 and 6. ~ Emily Bialkowski

This year the Caledonia VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsored the Patriot’s Pen essay contest for local middle schoolers. The essay’s topic was “What I would tell America’s founding fathers,” and 90 essays were handed in for judging. A third party reviewed the students’ submissions, and six first through third place winners were selected. They include, from left, Carly Steele, eighth grade, third place; Alyssa Beckwith, seventh grade, first place; Rebeckah Schroeder, seventh grade, second place; Alyssa Meiners, eighth grade, first place; Logan Larson, seventh grade, third place; and Katharine Johnson, eighth grade, second place. Winners received checks, depending on placement, for $25, $20 and $15. Read the essay below.
~ Emily Bialkowski

By Emily Bialkowski
Caledonia Argus

This coming Sunday, Nov. 11 the nation will pause to recognize  all armed service veterans with Veterans Day activities. In Caledonia local schools will also learn about and honor this patriotic holiday and the people whom it recognizes.

 

Caledonia Area Elementary

Caledonia Area Elementary student and staffs are hosting a lyceum to honor veterans on Monday, Nov. 12. The lyceum starts at 8:30 a.m. Prior to the lyceum veterans are invited to a complementary breakfast starting at 7:50 a.m. at the elementary cafeteria.

Everyone is welcome to participate and check out the school’s Veterans Wall of Honor.

 

St. John’s Lutheran School

St. John’s observation of Veterans’ Day will be Wednesday, Nov. 14 beginning at 8:30 a.m. We will meet at our outdoor school flag pole, raise the flag, pledge our allegiance to our flag and then gather together in our gymnasium where we continue with a morning chapel service, recognition of the veterans in attendance, sing songs that honor our nation and conclude with refreshments and students visiting with the veterans.

 

St. Mary’s School

St. Mary’s School will be celebrating Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 9.

Mass has been scheduled for 11 a.m., after which time lunch will be served in honor of veterans.

The seventh grade takes the lead for Veterans Day and puts together a display with pictures of Veterans and current members of the military. The pictures are family members of the students at St. Mary’s School.

 

Caledonia Area Middle School/High School

The middle school/high school is hosting a Veterans Day program at 10:45 a.m. in the auditorium.

ESSAYS

What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers

 

By Carley Jean Steele

7th Grade, Caledonia Middle School

 

What would I tell America’s Founding Fathers? I would thank them for all their amazing hard work. Because of them we have many rights. Some of these rights are freedom of speech, freedom of press and free religion. I can’t imagine what our world would be like without these privileges.

Our Founding Fathers tried to get England to stop ruling them. They may have not realized, but it is affecting us in a great way still today. I would like to let them know how much trouble people would be in if they didn’t do what they did.

I would like to tell America’s Founding Fathers that they are heroes because they worked so hard in Philadelphia in that small brick building to do something that would greatly affect the U.S. We would have so many troubles if they didn’t do what they did. They did their part in the late 1700s and now in 2012 we are still affected by it.

In other countries you would be punished if you had a different religious belief than they wanted you to our if you wrote something they didn’t like. If you said something about a right you wanted you would have a severe consequence. That’s what would happen to you if you lived in almost any other country.

I would be lost if the Founding Fathers didn’t do what they did. I am so happy that they got us all of our rights. Thank you America’s Founding Fathers, you have made our lives great with the rights we have. Thank you.

You have made our lives somewhat easier. We still have some hard things to deal with but it is better with the rights you got us. Thank you so much. All because of you we have rights that not many other people get the privilege to have. Yes, there are still people that it is not right to talk back to. But for the most part we can do what we want. Thank you so much America’s Founding Fathers.

 

 

What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers

 

By Rebeckah A. Schroeder

7th Grade, Caledonia Middle School

 

I would tell America’s Founding Fathers, who included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Jay, to name a few, “Thank you” for the Bill of Rights. Two of the most important amendments of the Bill of Rights are the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. A lot of what they wrote still applies today. Freedom of speech is the political right to communicate one’s opinions and ideas. In recent news a former Marine drill instructor says he was fired from Geico Insurance because he criticized President Obama. I would tell the Founding Fathers that I agree they were right to protect our speech. We should be able to voice our opinion on how our government is run. Freedom of speech also applies to my school life because I can complain about lunch, water classes and homework to my teachers or principal without fear of getting expelled or punished. I would also tell the Founding Fathers I agree with the right to assemble. This gives me the right to assemble a group of people together to peaceably voice out opinions.

I wonder if our Founding Fathers ever imagined what people would speak and assemble about today. What would they have thought about same-sex marriage? Would they have approved of groups protesting at the funeral of our fallen soldiers? How would our Founding Fathers have reacted to the Civil Rights Movement?

As far as freedom of assembly goes, I can apply this in my school life. If I want to change my school, such as a better lunch menu, I can gather a group of my friends to peaceably assemble in the lunch room to protest.

In conclusion, the Constitution which was written in 1787 stands the test of time. For over 200 years it has provided the foundation for the United States of America. I believe the United States of America has succeeded because of all its freedoms and rights.

 

 

What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers

 

By Alyssa C. Beckwith

7th Grade, Caledonia Middle School

 

If I could tell America’s Founding Fathers what I thought about them, I would tell them how I felt about what they did for our country. I would tell them about how I’m sure other people feel about what they did for our country. I would ask them how they felt about how they changed our country. If only they were here so I can really ask them in person.

Our Founding Fathers are the people who signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and established the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. If our Founding Fathers were still around I would ask each individual Founding Father a question, or I would just tell them something they did that stood out to me. I would ask them what they did that changed this country.

I would tell them that I thank them for giving us our freedom of speech. I would thank them for giving us the right to bear arms because it helps keep us safe in bad situations. I would thank them for risking their own lives and winning the revolutionary war just so we could have our independence. I would say that because of them we have the right to freely worship our own religion. I would tell them that because of them the press can tell us what is  going on in the world, so I thank them for that.

I would really just like to tell them about how everything they did has helped our country in so many ways and I’m sure everybody else is very appreciative and thankful for everything they’ve done for our country. And that is exactly what I would tell each and every Founding Father. If all the Founding Fathers were alive I would tell them everything I felt. America’s Founding Fathers were very important people and still are. The main think I want to say is that I thank them for giving us our freedom.

 

 

Thank You

 

By Logan Larson

8th Grade, Caledonia Middle School

 

Thank you, our founding fathers, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton, for giving us the many freedoms for Americans today. You gave us religious freedom so we can believe in the faith we want to pursue, and how we practice that faith. You gave us freedom of speech so we can speak out against or for something without being punished. You even gave us freedom of press so we can express our opinion in the newspaper without being penalized. When you gave the right of petition we could write  a written request without being disciplined. We also received the right to bear arms so we could have firearms in our possession. We were also granted the right of privacy and security against unreasonable searches and seizures. The freedom from imprisonment without a fair trail so we would not be misjudged or framed, was also given by all of you.

I understand you have based the constitution from past experiences. You knew exactly what you did and  did not want, in terms of government. You did not want a one man rule, a king with so much power that would only result in an unavoidable abusive control. You also did not want a loosely controlled government that the independent American states had originally jumbled together in 1781. Lucky for us, you figured out a way to solve that power problem. I am grateful you were smart enough to know how to solve that problem was to have the government to have certain qualities. Those qualities were to have a limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances and federalism. That was a great idea.

Even though almost everyone likes the way America is today, but I wish I could hear your response for how the government has changed from your initial thought of what you wanted America to be as a country.

 

What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers

 

By Katherine A. Johnson

8th Grade, Caledonia Middle School

 

If I ever met America’s Founding Fathers I would thank them for the freedom of speech, to choose where I live, freedom of religion right to bear arms, and to be the first nations to be a complete democracy. I would also thank them for being able to stand up for our country. Our founding fathers made our country what it is today and I am thankful for that. I would also ask them what made them so motivated to make a change.

I would start by talking to Benjamin Franklin and ask him what made him so sure he would make a change? Then I would go to George Washington, I would thank him for leading the United States of America during the Revolutionary War. I would also thank him for taking leadership and for being the first president of America. Knowing that Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of America, I wonder why they don’t have a bigger say in our government today. If I could talk to our founding fathers I would want to talk to Thomas Jefferson, and I would thank him for writing the first draft of the Declaration of Independence. If I could talk to one more person out of all of our founding fathers I would talk to Thomas Paine and ask him, how did he think of all the things that he could when he was writing the Common Sense pamphlet. I’m sure he needed some help with coming up with all of his ideas.

With learning about all of this information about the founding fathers, I have really learned to appreciate all that I have, and all of my freedoms. I have learned that in the 1700s America was born thanks to our founding fathers and that America stood up for what they believed in. The most important thing I would say to them would be I would thank them for doing what they did for our country.

 

 

What Would I Tell America’s Founding Fathers

 

By Alyssa K. Meiners

8th Grade, Caledonia Middle School

 

If I had the chance to personally talk to America’s Founding Fathers, I would most likely start by thanking them. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Payne, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, James Wilson and Alexander Hamilton were some of the amazing men that helped found our country. Because of them we have many freedoms we would not have had without their initiative. I, as a citizen of this wonderful country, am so happy I can voice my opinions, choose my religion and vote for who I want to represent my country without being punished.

After showing  my appreciation, I would start talking about technology and how much it has improved. Cell phones, iPods, iPads, laptops, computers and radios are some of these technological advances. Most of these are portable devices that are used for calling playing music and games and even searching the internet. Because they most likely won’t know what the internet is I would describe it as many different forms of networks that are there to serve society. Other forms of improved technology are in the medical field and agriculture. In the medical field, doctors are now able to scan any part of the body and perform surgeries daily. As an example, open heart surgery has become much less life threatening because of technology. An example of agriculture is irrigation. With the flick of a switch, or sensors, fields can be watered. I do wonder what their response to this information would be.

Next, I would tell my founding fathers about Earth and what America’s land now looks like. I would tell them how skyscrapers, tall buildings and large bridges are so common. I would tell them about how massive they are and how small we are compared to them. Another thing I would tell the Fathers about landscape is how we have set aside land in parks so no one can ruin the natural beauty.

Finally, I would sum it all up by again telling them how much I personally appreciate what they did for our country. I couldn’t even imagine what life would be like if Britain controlled our country. Because I have the freedoms I have from the Founding Fathers I can live my life freely and thoroughly. So as I said before, thank you, men.

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