Take a Veteran to School Day is a national program developed by HISTORY to link veterans with students nationwide. Schools and communities invite veterans of all backgrounds to share their stories and receive thanks for their service. Schools typically organize these programs on or around Veterans Day, but you can plan an event all year round to honor veterans and hear their stories of service. Teachers, register your Take a Vet to School Day event today and we’ll send you 30 free Take a Veteran to School Day wristbands while supplies last.
Launched in 2007, thousands of schools nationwide have participated in Take a Veteran to School Day. From single class visits to all-school assemblies, these events provide a way for students to learn more about the history of Veterans Day and about the experiences of veterans from all backgrounds and walks of life. Inviting veterans to share their stories connects generations while helping our young people learn about the past.
HISTORY has created curriculum guides for grades K-12 to help connect this program to your curriculum. We also have an easy How-To guide which gives suggestions for organizing a Take a Veteran to School Day event, whether it be large or a more simple gathering. On this site, you will also find guidelines for interviewing veterans and links to the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress. All veterans have important stories to tell, and Take a Veteran to School Day is a great platform for oral history and community-based projects involving veterans.
View and download the resources on this site to get started organizing your event. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more resources for “Take a Veteran to School” and “Thank a Veteran at Work” visit the Resources section.