Humble ISD honors military with two Veteran’s Day celebrations
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Humble ISD students honored military members with two celebrations on Veteran’s Day.
While Summer Creek students brought awareness to their plan to build tiny homes for homeless veterans, Creekwood Middle School held its annual Veterans Day event.
Summer Creek High School held a Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 11 to honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including staff members.
The event began with band and choir performances followed by speeches from Mike Acosta, executive pastor of ministries at Grace Church and veteran of the U.S. Army and former Summer Creek student Natalia Andrade, an urban and regional planning freshman at Texas A&M University.
Andrade was one of the architecture students led Humble ISD’s “Students Helping Veterans: Big Heroes, Tiny Homes,” and designed the tiny house presented at the celebration. After her speech, a group of veterans were led by the ROTC and band down the main hallway and out to the tiny house made for a homeless veteran.
Andrade said her decision to take architecture and the opportunity to have her design picked for the tiny house led her to her college major. She came back home on Friday to get a glimpse of the house she had designed and worked on for the last two years.
“I came home on Friday, and I couldn’t wait. I just had to come in to see it,” Andrade said. “… I walked in, and I started crying. It’s crazy. I cannot believe it’s actually standing in front of me now.”
Lauren Argueta, senior student body president at Summer Creek High School, served as the student executive chair on this project. She said the project overall has two core values: “Students first, helping veterans.” She said she has grown professionally and personally through this project.
“We want students to be the ones learning — the ones growing from building houses, designing them,” Argueta said. “And of course, service to veterans. Every house we make will be donated to a homeless veteran.”
Architecture teacher James Gaylord said they hope to start producing one house per school year.
“What we’ve done the second year is, I have a group of students that selected the next one,” Gaylord said. “So every year my students design one, they’ll choose the best design for the next one to be built. So as soon as we finish this one we have another one to build.”
Master Sargent Jonathan Arnio, an Air Force recruiter in Humble, said the tiny house project does a lot of good.
“It goes further than just Veterans Day,” Arnio said. “I mean the fact that this is something that just keeps giving back to the communities all around, so this is just an awesome starting point.”
For more information on “Students Helping Veterans: Big Heroes, Tiny Homes,” visit https://www.humbleisd.net/studentshelpingveterans.
Creekwood Middle School honors veterans despite cold front
Creekwood Middle School held its annual Veterans Day event at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 — just as a cold front was entering the area.
The entire gym was filled with people attending the event to honor veterans who have served their community. Students presented most of the speeches throughout the night, which included a pre-filmed video of U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw and a live speech from veteran and teacher Jennifer Tye.
Tye spoke about her emotional experience of being deployed again after giving birth to her son, Jason. She had planned to end her service within the year but was called to active duty instead. She still remains humble and said that during the early years of her son’s life she made a sacrifice made for freedom.
“I do consider it an honor to have served my country,” Tye said. “I can’t stand before you and call myself a war hero, I simply went and performed my job. I do appreciate all of y’alls support.”
The honor band and choir performed at the event and continued to perform outside in the Veteran’s Honor Garden in remembrance of veterans who lost their lives. Temperatures dropped and winds picked up as the cold front came through, leaving students shaking in the wind outside of their school. A crowd surrounding the garden stayed to support the remembrance along with the choir.