Veterans honored with meal at Learning Center

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) Learning Center staff serve up breakfast to area veterans and Learning Center students Friday during the school’s Veterans Day breakfast.

ESCANABA — Students at the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) Learning Center enjoyed breakfast with area veterans Friday in conjunction with Veterans Day celebrations.

Learning Center staff served up pancakes, sausage, eggs, bacon, toast and beverages to the students and about 40 veterans as part of the school’s way of saying ‘thank you’ for the veterans’ service to the country.

According to Kaisa Ives, teacher at the center, the project to thank veterans before Veterans Day began three years ago when students sent out thank you letters to family members and other community members who have served. The letters grew into a buffet-style breakfast to make the thank you even bigger, explained Ives.

“I think it’s important for our students to be able to say thank you and show how appreciative we are of our freedoms,” said Ives.

On top of showing their appreciation, Ives said the breakfast gives the students a chance to practice their communication skills by being able to chat with the veterans, share stories, and talk about life.

Ives explained that the students were able to write letters to family members who had served, inviting them to the breakfast. If the students didn’t know any service members their invitation letters were sent out to veterans in the community.

“It’s a big thing,” said Ives.

Every branch of the service was represented Friday, added Ives, including service members who were active during World War II, and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

The breakfast was sponsored by Elmer’s County Market, Meijer, White’s Grocery, Kobasic’s Market, and Kuchenberg’s Korner.