Wednesday, November 19, 2014
An e-mail that Debbie Crick received from Meagan Moyers: “I wanted to share a celebration with all of you. My dad and I attended the Veteran’s Day Parade last week to honor all veterans and support West High School performances. We were at the end of the parade eagerly awaiting West as they were one of the last ones to walk in the parade. All performances were awesome, especially our Band of Warriors! My dad’s comment to me was, “It’s one thing to look great and sound great at the beginning of the parade, but when you look great and sound great at the end really shows discipline and dedication.” I could not agree more. The dedication is visible to the community, and I am truly proud to be associated with that level of excellence.”
It is also important to note that near the close of the parade a cold front blew in and a light rain began to fall. Our students stayed for the entire program that followed the parade, showing great respect for the occasion and impressing others in attendance.
And, Gail Janecka, the counselor at Smith Elementary shared her thoughts in an e-mail:
“VISD participants in the Veteran’s Day Parade are to be commended for their enthusiastic support of those men and women who have served our country. In conjunction with Veteran’s Day 2014, a special note of gratitude is extended to Blanca Fleischmann, first-year music teacher at Smith Elementary, and her talented 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students for their incredible tribute to all veterans through their musical presentation Thank a Vet, performed on November 7 to a packed audience at the VISD Fine Arts Center. Special guests were members of various branches of the U.S. Military—many of whom were relatives and personal friends of our Smith Elementary family. Miss Fleischmann wrote and directed the program, which reflected a universal sense of endearment and appreciation for patriots throughout the world. Selections ranged from Texas, Our Texas and The Star Spangled Banner to Die Gedanken Sind Frei, Dobu Noc, and Cielito Lindo—all sung in the native language of the country represented! It was an incredible tribute as well as an outstanding accomplishment on the part of Miss Fleischmann and her spirited students, who by singing in English, Spanish, German, and Czech, reminded us that freedom is a global pursuit cherished by all. There was hardly a dry eye in the audience at times, such as during the PowerPoint presentation featuring photos of Smith school family veterans, or during the reflection on freedom shared by Miss Fleischmann’s own father, a retired U.S. Marine. Captain Fleischmann traveled with several members of his family to Victoria—all the way from Mercedes, Texas—just to share his message with our VISD audience that evening! Thank you, Miss Fleishmann and Smith Eagle students, for making this stellar and memorable event possible. Your outstanding performance made a lasting impression in the hearts of many!”