This month, our #adoptaclassroom learned about Veterans Day, while creating gift bags of essentials for Veterans Community Project.

Remembering Those Who Sacrificed

We know Veterans Day falls on November 11 of every year, but few know why.

November 11 coincides with Armistice Day, the commemoration of when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice to end hostilities on the Western Front in World War I, also known as the Great War.

The Great War exacted a high cost of lives and misery while providing the seeds for World War II, just twenty-one years later.

After World War II ended, on May 26, 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill into law that expanded Armistice Day. All veterans would now be celebrated, instead of those who just died in World War I.

The modern-day Veterans Day was born.

Giving Back to Those Who Gave So Much

Our #adoptaclassroom at James Lewis Elementary bagged up gift bags for veterans to commemorate this year’s Veterans Day. These gift bags included shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, non-perishable food, and other essentials.

In addition to these gift bags, the students wrote thank you cards, providing our brave men and women the recognition and thanks that they deserved.

These gift bags, along with the thank you cards, will be given to Veterans Community Project.

If You Would Like to Donate

Veterans Community Project is a local charity that provides services for all veterans in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

These services include the Veteran Outreach Center and the VCP Village.

Veteran Outreach Center

The Veteran Outreach Center is a “walk-in center that provides veterans with help navigating the VA and their benefits, identification services, mental and physical health referrals, financial counseling, and employment supports, among other services.”

VCP Village

The VCP Village aims to combat homelessness among the Veteran population by providing a community of tiny homes and onsite services.

Veterans Community Project aspires to use Kansas City as the blueprint for the nation.

If you would like to know more and get involved with the Veterans Community Project, links to their website can be found here or at the beginning of this article.

You can also reach them at (816) 599-6503 or

Thank You

We want to say thank you, first and foremost, to all of the Veterans who served this great country.  Your bravery and sacrifice shall never be forgotten.

Secondly, a big thanks you to Veterans Community Project for everything they do for our veterans.

Finally, we want to thank both the Blue Springs School District and James Lewis Elementary for making this all possible in the first place.