On November 12, 2012 both Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School Elementary Campuses honored our military Veteran’s by reading the book America’s White Table by Margot Thies Raven. Third and forth grade teacher Mrs. Michelle Cool read to the Holy Spirit Campus and fifth grade teacher Mrs.Allison Boyd led the St. Bede Campus assembly. As the book was read, students at St. Bede’s set their own little “white table” with significant items, described in the book; a white table-cloth, a single empty chair, a white plate, silver ware, a black napkin, an overturned glass, a white candle and a red rose in a vase tied with a red ribbon. The students learned the symbolism of each item. All reminders that there are soldiers that are not with us and our hopes for their return. The end of the book “provides a detailed history of the origin of the White Table and how it became a symbol of caring for our MIA and POW service members after the Vietnam War.” Each campus left the table set throughout the day for the students to observe. A moving tribute to all of those who have served our country and ensured our freedoms.
Heather Walski, a 9th grader at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School