By LIBBY CLUETT
Mineral Wells ISD trustees watched the district's youngest students perform at Tuesday night's school board meeting, when the Lamar Elementary Little Troopers led the pledges to the United States and Texas flags and presented part of their Veterans' Day routine.
Each month a school helps open the meeting with a pledge and informs the board and public about programs the school has. Assistant Principal Jeff Smith said the Little Troopers have been around for almost 20 years, begun and continuously coordinated by Coach Angie McMillan. Smith said she got the program “off the ground” and the kindergarten and first-grade students have presented at ceremonies, despite people saying it could not be done.
“At Lamar, we like to instill the importance of having good character,” McMillan said. “Each year we are invited by Mary Creighton to take part in the annual Veteran’s Day Celebration. We have participated for 19 years now.
“At this young age the students must practice diligently to prepare for such performance,” she added. “Although many people are entertained by the rifle routine, it is our way as 'very young' citizens to say 'thank you' and show our respect to the men and women who have served in the armed forces.
“Showing gratitude to others is the true purpose of presenting this routine and our Little Troopers do an excellent job of doing so,” McMillan explained.
Trustees approved a contract with Palo Pinto County to oversee election services for the May 11 uniform election.
This will be a joint election with the City of Mineral Wells, which will take place at one location, the County's Mineral Wells Annex/Poston Building. Early voting takes place April 29-May 7, also at the Poston Building.
The estimated cost of the election is $3,955 and the county estimates 800 voters will turn out to cast votes on city and school district ballots.