Thursday, November 7, 2013

Observe Veterans Day at Spring Branch ISD schools

Spring Forest Middle School students will deliver more than 14,000 donated items ranging from basic toiletries to snack items during their annual Veterans Day observance on Monday, Nov. 11, to a nonprofit group supporting U.S. troops serving overseas, military families and veterans.

Spring Forest Middle on Monday, Nov. 11, will host its 13th annual Veterans Day Celebration – one of the largest public school-organized honorary Veterans Day events in the City of Houston.

 Campus students and the Spring Forest Middle PTA will host a breakfast for local veterans and their families at 8 a.m. followed by a 9 a.m. patriotic assembly in the gymnasium. Spring Forest Middle is located at 14240 Memorial Drive.

Other announced SBISD campus observances on Veterans Day include a 9 a.m. program at Spring Branch Middle School, 1000 Piney Point.

At Spring Forest Middle, student donations have been collected for the CyFair chapter of the nonprofit group, Operation Independence. Chapter leader Mary Pike is expected to accept the donation during the patriotic event.

Since its founding in 2001, Operation Independence has reportedly collected more than 500 tons of goods for U.S. troops overseas, their families and veterans. The group has shipped toiletries, dried fruits and snack items in C-ration-style kits.

Event guest speaker is U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles C. Berry, based at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. In his present position as a requirements specialist, he plans for and coordinates on Department of Defense and Air Force international training and education needs globally.

Capt. Berry of Decatur, Ga., was a 2007 graduate of Troy University in Alabama. In 2012, he earned in a master of business administration degree in international relations from Oklahoma Christian University.

He served in Afghanistan, Japan and the United States, and holds numerous awards including the following military medals: Joint Service Commendation; Air Force Commendation; Afghanistan Campaign; Global War on Terrorism; and Achievement Medal.

In addition, the middle school observance will include an appearance by Texas Rep. Jim Murphy of District 133 in west Houston. He will present an American flag to Spring Forest Middle flown over the Texas Capitol.

“Spring Forest Middle School is thrilled to continue honoring these heroic men and women each year, and in turn would like to cordially invite all military veterans who are residents of Spring Branch to join us as special guests on this morning of celebration,” said organizer Jana Gwinn.

To RSVP or for more details, please contact Jana Gwinn at or call 713-251-4618.

Communications Dept. student intern Kali Venable compiled this report.


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