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Class of second graders in Williamsville shares messages to veterans

Posted at 5:22 AM, Nov 11, 2020

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — They may only be in second grade, but students at Country Parkway School in Williamsville are getting a special lesson on the impact veterans have had on all of us.

The students put together a special video thanking veterans, and honoring them for their service to our country. The students are all learning in a full-remote format, so making the video took a little creativity from their teacher.

Bobbi Hopkins, or Mrs. Hopkins as the kids call her, decided to put together the video as part of her Veteran's Day lesson. She has a special connection to those who have served in the military.

"My father was a WWII vet, my daughter was in Operation Iraqi Freedom," Mrs. Hopkins said. "She was there in 2009," she explained.

So she came up with a creative way to teach her students about veterans, and everything they've done for us. The kids recorded themselves at home, shooting videos in front of a home-made green screen, which Mrs. Hopkins sent home for their families.

"I got the idea that I would get paper table cloths," Mrs. Hopkins said. "So I went to Party City and bought them out of the greens I knew would work."

Then, Mrs. Hopkins edited the clips together, and added a patriotic background. The final product is something to be proud of.

"Our class appreciates all that veterans have done for us! We are grateful for our veterans! Thank you veterans! Happy Veteran's Day!" said the kids!