Castle Rock Middle School brought Veterans Day to life Thursday with an appreciation class hosted by sixth-graders.
Students invited veterans — dads, sisters, uncles — to visit the school library for snacks and introductions in teachers Debbie Tucker and Sharon Morgan's classes.
"It ended up being bigger than we thought," said Tucker, a social studies teacher. "I'm just really proud of the kids because they backed up this project immensely."
About 20 veterans from all branches of the military attended. Students introduced them, gave a summary of their service and said why they respected them.
Student Karissa Tranchita read a poem honoring veterans: "We will never fully understand the depth of your scars. But what we can offer you is this: We see you. We recognize your humanity."
Student Shayla Lowry introduced her second cousin, Tom Lowry.
"He's always there for me," she said.
Students also made thank you cards.
"We just wanted to say thank you," Morgan told students and veterans. "I don't think you hear that enough."
This is the first year the event was held.
"I think we've started a tradition," Tucker said.