ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Most public school kids have Friday off to observe Veterans Day but in Roswell students are expected to be in class Friday and the district says there’s a good reason for it.
“A day-in for students means that we study and we interview veterans, we study wars. We study what it really is to America,” said Tom Burris, Roswell Independent School District superintendent.
Burris has been keeping students in school for Veterans Day for nine years now.
Both high schools will have Veterans Day assemblies and the elementary and middle schools will be inviting veterans to talk to classes.
“The kids are asking if they’ve got parents who are veterans they are asking them to come in and talk to the classes and so we really want to make this a big deal for veterans,” said Burris.
Not everyone agrees with keeping the kids in school.
“I think they should — I’m a veteran myself — and I think that they ought to get Veterans Day off,” said Randy Fudge, local veteran.
“Over the years I’ve gotten a few that think we ought to give the kids the day off but I outweigh that greatly with what we do in our veterans ceremonies,” said Burris.
Many in town have no problem with it.
“A day off for them is just a day off for them, they don’t understand it and being in school learning about it doing projects, doing activities would be more successful to them,” said Cynthia Vallejos, who has four children in school in Roswell.
The superintendent says parents are welcome to come in and check out all the Veterans Day activities on Friday if they want to see what their children are learning.