Texas "100 Years/100 Schools" Veterans Day Initiative
By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission
Texas has a great new Veterans Day 2017 initiative, "100 Years/100 Schools", that is being co-sponsored by the Texas World War I Centennial Commission (TXWWICC), the Texas Historical Commission (THC), and Texas State Historical Association (TSHA).
"100 Years/100 Schools" aims to connect Texas schools who typically have some kind of annual Veterans Day ceremony. By linking these events together, the sponsors will help them to tell the veterans story, and to be a part of the Centennial of World War I.
Telling the story of Texas and Texans in the Great War to school students is a top priority for the World War I Centennial. Over 190,000 Texans served, and 5,171 of them gave their lives during the war.
Texas schools can be part of "100 Years / 100 Schools" by using these steps and suggestions:
- Register your event! https://www.tshaonline.org/VeteransDay2017
- Go to the WWI Veterans Day Resource Center. With the help of THC and TSHA, the TXWWICC has assembled instructional materials, videos and images that are ready to use on the Google Drives site at TXWWICC Veterans Day 2017. The material include ready-made presentations suitable for student assemblies, classroom activities, and other Veterans Day commemorations.
- Tell us what you have planned. To track our 100 schools goal, register your school event with TSHA. Let us know what you have planned. Organizers will receive a Participant Recognition Packet when they do.
- Call in for additional help or suggestions. We’ll host several upcoming collaboration conference calls to answer questions and help you finalize your program. Our first call will be Wednesday, October 11 at 4:00pm. See our calendar for call-in information and watch our Facebook page and web site events calendar for future dates and times.
- Look for community partners. Veterans and civic organizations (the VFW, American Legion, and DAR are National partners), County Historical Commissions, and City/municipal officials are welcomed partners. The event can include local museums that may have WWI artifacts or exhibits. It can also be an opportunity for a school-municipality to publish an official WWI proclamation (TXWWICC has standard format ready to use on the WWI Veterans Day Resource Center shared drive).
- Make it official. Once you have established a school partnership and let us know about it, use the TXWWICC, THC and USWWICC WWI Centennial logos on any materials related to this initiative.
Schools that register their "100 Years / 100 Schools" Veterans Day event with TSHA will receive a Participant Recognition Packet with publications and commemorative items mailed to them by THC.
Schools that provide the registration information (short event summary, number of students attending, at least one photo of your Veterans Day activity, etc.) will also be entered in a raffle for an additional WWI Classroom Toolkit for their school.
The winner will be announced November 30.