Combining a little bit of fun with some serious lessons on what freedom is really all about is the idea behind a number of activities planned this week by a couple of PV schools.

Both the Lee and Jackson elementary schools will be delving deeper into Celebrate Freedom Week starting Monday.

The special week was established around Veterans’ Day on Tuesday based on legislation implemented last year.

The legislative bill essentially states the idea is to “educate students about the sacrifices made for freedom on behalf of this country.”

Various activities are doing that at Lee Elementary, which houses students in grades four through six.

“It’s a study of our freedom, Constitution, Bill of Rights — this is the main thing. Freedom, independence, why we have the Declaration of Independence, why we have these things,” school counselor Mia Wigley said.

“The word of the month is freedom,” she said.

Although it’s a Freedom Week, Wigley said the school’s recognition of it is actually going on throughout November.

“The whole month we take part in Freedom Week For the whole month there are a number of topics related to that,” she said.

With that in mind, Lee teachers have already held some related activities and are planning more for their respective classrooms. That will include students studying various books and doing projects related to the topic of freedom.

“There’s a lot of things that teachers are doing in their classroom.”

At Lee it actually got started with last week’s mock election as all students at the school took part as a way of learning more about the voting process.

Fourth grade students will also perform in a “patriotic” musical on Thursday as times are 1:30 p.m. for students and 7 p.m. at the Lee auditorium for the general public.

Jackson Elementary librarian Melinda Alfred said teachers there are focusing their attention on the same theme this week.

“It’s a week where we recognize our freedom,” Alfred said about the local school with first- through third-graders.

“We’re concentrating on activities and things that have to do with our freedom. Each teacher is doing something different in their classes,” she said.

One of the activities planned is third-graders are memorizing a passage from the Declaration of Independence.

Another is a visit from local high school students and some special reading.

“We’ll have some special readers from the high school who will read books to the kids with the theme of freedom,” Alfred said.

The event is also being recognized at the same time as National Young Readers Week.

“We decided to combine the two and do books with freedom as the theme,” she said.

Alfred added the school will also honor veterans all week and during a special assembly on Wednesday.

Both schools also have plans for a special dress-up theme each day, in addition to Jackson’s schedule of having a daily theme for books.

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