Educators often say, though it can be a bit cliché, that it's all about the kids.

Educators often say, though it can be a bit cliché, that it's all about the kids.

And it really is all about the kids.

That was evident at School of the Osage Middle and High Schools Monday morning for their respective annual Veterans Day programs, which were heavily student centered.

As I visited with a Middle School teacher a couple of weeks ago about the basics of the school's program, it was apparent that faculty and staff wanted to teach the students more than what was in their text books. That prompted me to dig a little deeper and not only write a pseudo-feature about the OMS Veterans Day program but to attend this year for the first time.

Cindy Spencer, the OMS reading workshop teacher, said the program involves many of the sixth, seventh and eighth graders because school officials want them to have a good understanding of what sacrifices our veterans have made so the students have one of the best, if not THE best, educations in the world.

These are kids still struggling with the awkwardness of being 12, 13 and 14. It's what to wear, who to talk to, what music to listen to, yadda, yadda, yadda. One would think veterans and the military would be farthest from their still-evolving brains.

But a gymnasium full of young adults sat quietly and respectfully for nearly 90 minutes Monday morning as their peers and guests spoke to them about the sacrifices our veterans have made for decades. Whether it was the threat of detention or the promise of a call to a parent that kept them quiet, it was worked.

I suspect it was neither. My impression is that teachers and administrators work hard to instill in those young minds the importance of respect, responsibility, leadership, integrity, teamwork and more.

The young adults who stood in front of a gym full of people as part of the program were calm, cool and collected. They didn't giggle if they tripped over a word, they didn't freeze with fear. It was a proud moment for the School of the Osage.

A few minutes after the Middle School program ended, the Osage High School program began across the street. Same scenario. Students were well behaved and they spoke and acted well.

Veterans Day at OMS and OHS was a salute to veterans, active duty or not, living or deceased. But it also was a teachable moment as noted by OHS Principal Mike Williams.


Speaking of an educational moment:

I learned via emails and phone calls last week that many area residents do read their Lake Media newspapers every week.

I mistakenly said that Ole Miss University, Mizzou's next football opponent, was in Biloxi, Miss. Uh, no. It's in Oxford, Miss.

I have no clue where I went astray. I made a mistake.

Mea culpa.