U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and state Lt. Gov. Tina Smith are expected to help ring in Richfield STEM School’s annual Veterans Day program Nov. 11.
The elementary school typically sends out invitations to elected officials for its student-led program, which will mark its sixth year on Wednesday. Two years ago, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison addressed students at the program.
Principal Joey Page said it gives these officials a chance to be in the schools, but also to “help us in representing and being thankful for veterans.”
The school reaches far and wide with its invitations — including an offer to the White House, he said.
“President Obama hasn’t taken me up on it yet,” Page said.
The program, which is open to the community, kicks off at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the school cafeteria, starting with a color guard presentation and remarks from Klobuchar. Students will sing songs, and the school will share videos for students with veterans in their families. It will close with words from Smith.
Page noted that the school anticipates Klobuchar will be there, barring any unexpected senator duties. A representative from U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s office gave remarks on his behalf at a previous program.
“There’s a lot of people competing for their time, especially on a significant day like this, so we’re excited,” Page said.