Every school in Humble ISD hosted festive celebrations for Veterans Day. A quick check of district Twitter accounts showed rally after rally, flags, bands, choirs and dozens of veterans honored at nearly every campus.
Two notable events were held at Summer Creek High School and Creekwood Middle School.
Summer Creek High School
Summer Creek High School hosted a Veterans Day celebration complete with patriotic music, American flags, distinguished guests and a “tiny home” students planned and built for a veteran in need. The event, held Nov. 11 on the Summer Creek High School campus, honored past and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including members of the Summer Creek High School staff who also served.
The “Students Helping Veterans: Big Heroes, Tiny Homes” project has played a big role not just for veterans, but also for students finding a future career.
“The project helped influence my decision to pursue a career in architecture,” Natalia Andrade, former Summer Creek High School student said. Andrade is now attending classes at Texas A&M University in College Station.
The highlight of the event was the dedication of a home built by students who participated in the project. Those on hand were able to see the inside of the home as it nears the finishing stages.
Students who helped design and build the home say it’s about more than just learning how to build a house.
“It gives you a feeling of pride. It’s something you can’t just learn in the classroom,” Andrade said.
“Students Helping Veterans: Big Heroes, Tiny Homes” is a service project created by architecture and engineering students from Summer Creek and Kingwood Park high schools to provide housing for homeless veterans. It was recently recognized by the Texas Workforce Commissioner representing labor, Julian Alvarez, III. For more information about the project, visit humbleisd.net/bigheroestinyhomes.
Creekwood Middle School
Creekwood Middle School saluted veterans with the patriotic sounds of the school’s choir and honor band. The event, held Nov. 11, honored past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Honorees included current teachers who served and former Creekwood Middle School students who gave their lives serving on the front lines.
Creekwood Middle School teacher Jennifer Tye was pregnant when she received news she was being deployed again. “Instead of being at home preparing for my baby, I was preparing to go to war,” she said. After giving birth to her son Jason, Tye deployed to Iraq for a mission as Operation Iraqi Freedom was coming to a close.
Tye said she has never asked for anything in return for her service and sacrifice. “I can’t call myself a war hero. I simply performed my job,” Tye said.
Attendees also heard of personal struggles from families of veterans who lost their lives. Some were former Creekwood Middle School students. They also watched a pre-recorded message from U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw. Crenshaw spoke of his experience on the battlefield and how his military service now helps him as a member of the U.S. Congress.
The Creekwood Middle School honor band and choir set the tone for the evening with patriotic melodies, including service songs for each branch of the Armed Forces.
The event concluded with a vigil in the school’s Veterans Honor Garden as attendees braved chilly temperatures and damp conditions to remember veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice.