Valley Center students help Veterans year round

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Veterans Day is a day to honor those who have fought for our country. There are many Veterans Day ceremonies and events. On Friday November 11, 2016 Veterans and their spouses were treated to a free breakfast at Valley Center Middle School. 

American flags lined the parking lot at Valley Center Middle School for Veterans Day, a tradition that started three years ago after Students Resources Officer Allen Adams founded the S.H.O.W Program (Students Helping Out Warriors). Officer Adams is a Veteran himself, he served 14 years in the US Coast Guard and Kansas National Guard. He developed the program because he knows the challenges and the conditions of the current day warrior and to recognize our Veterans and what they have done for us. The program is designed to not only give back to the Veterans but to teach our youth about being patriotic, what the flag is about and the history of our country because of Veterans. S.H.O.W's mission statement is,

"Students that unite together in order to serve our troops. Honoring and uplifting the spirits of past and current warriors with loving hearts and appreciation we are S.H.O.W."

S.H.O.W has expanded across four states, five schools in Kansas have a S.H.O.W Program and three more Kansas schools will be added to the list after the first of the year. Schools can start a S.H.O.W Program for free. You can visit their website to register your group. 

Some examples of what S.H.O.W does is Veterans Breakfast at Valley Center Middle school. This is the second year they've had the breakfast. Nearly 200 Veterans came to this event this year. Veteran Bob Diebler said, "It is nice to be recognized, it makes you feel special when these things occur."

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