For many principals and teachers, last week’s calendar included the phrases “Veterans Day assembly” or “Veterans Day project” on at least one day of the four-day school week.

The Korean War Veterans of America visited Argyle Central School on Tuesday and Lake George on Thursday to talk about their war.

St. Mary’s/St. Alphonsus middle-schoolers in Glens Falls hosted members of the American Legion, who talked about the origin of the poppy as a symbol of Veterans Day and taught them about flag etiquette.

In Penny Skinner’s sixth-grade classroom at Corinth Middle School, students prepared holiday cards and letters for active-duty service members.

The project was done through the nonprofit Aaron’s Gifts From Home. This project was a hands-on way for students to experience civic participation.

Aaron’s Gifts From Home was started by a mother who lost her son in Afghanistan and now sends holiday care packages to deployed troops. The students’ cards will be included in the packages that will be sent out this holiday season.

In addition, the students sent letters to active members of the Navy, Air Force and Marines, thanking them for their service.

In Salem, Thursday was the school’s seventh annual Take a Veteran to School Day assembly.

Veterans were treated to coffee and refreshments in the cafeteria before the assembly, then presented handmade poppies and escorted to the auditorium by seventh-graders.

Members of the Patriot Guard attended to honor the veterans. A chorus sang “Will You Be Here This December?” The featured guest speaker was Air Force Lt. Col. Sue Phillips Magaletta, a 1989 graduate of the school.

At Queensbury Elementary School, veterans visited students.

Teacher Patricia Thompson helped organize an event in which veterans who had relatives at the school came for a celebration that included student-made cards, as well as songs.

The cafeteria was packed for both sessions — one for kindergartners and first-graders and the other for second- and third-graders.

There were parents, grandparents and great-grandparents at the event.

Danielle Dattilio, a former captain in the Army, came for her nephew, Zander McWain.

“It was really heartfelt,” she said. “It brought back a lot of memories.”

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