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Small World Daycare honors area veterans

On the eve of Veterans Day this year, Jessalyn Ensey of Dickinson's Small World Daycare decided that her daycare would do their part in honoring area veterans. On Friday, Ensey and the 11 kids she looks after in daycare made arts and crafts to th...

These handcrafts drawn by the kids at Dickinson's Small World Daycare will be given to area veterans. (Submitted Photo)
These handcrafts drawn by the kids at Dickinson's Small World Daycare will be given to area veterans. (Submitted Photo)

On the eve of Veterans Day this year, Jessalyn Ensey of Dickinson's Small World Daycare decided that her daycare would do their part in honoring area veterans. On Friday, Ensey and the 11 kids she looks after in daycare made arts and crafts to thank area veterans for their service. Ensey plans to give the crafts to Dickinson's Veterans Service Office and at Dickinson State University's annual Veteran's Day event on Saturday.

"I grew up in a military family where they were really proud of their background so the whole patriotism kind of followed in me," Ensey said. "We kind of instill that in our daycare and we try to do something for every patriotic holiday."

Ensey said that the activity was a chance to both give thanks to local veterans and educate her students about the holiday.

"We had to explain to them that it's a person who fights for our country, they don't get to see their families all the time," she said. " We told them about patriotism, we say the pledge of allegiance and told them that the reason we are able to say the pledge of allegiance is that people fought for that."

But along with learning more about veterans and the country through the activity, Ensey said that the kids really enjoyed making the crafts.

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"They had a lot of fun tearing up paper for it and putting the crafts together and learning what our country's colors are," Ensey said. "They were really excited to create the project and they are really proud of their work."

In a Facebook post, Small World Daycare encouraged the rest of the Dickinson community to join in and honor the sacrifices of local area veterans for Veteran's Day.

"Let's go the extra mile in making them feel loved and that the sacrifice they gave has not been forgotten," the daycare account posted. "I am so proud of all of our kids for happily creating this adorable craft to give to our local veterans!"

DSU's Veteran's Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Beck Auditorium.

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