2012-09-13 / Front Page

Governor to Speak at Dime Box Veterans Day Program

Dime Box School District learned recently that the invitation sent by their Superintendent of Schools, Jerri Centilli, was accepted by Governor Rick Perry to speak at their November 11, Veterans Day program.

Centilli said Perry’s chief of staff called her two weeks ago, during a staff meeting, and told her that the governor accepted their invitation. “I think the whole town of Dime Box heard me yell, when I got that call,” Centilli said. “When I get excited, I get a little loud.”

This year’s Veterans Day Program in Dime Box will be held Friday, November 9, at 10 a.m., at the Dime Box School gymnasium. Centilli said, “This program will be the renewing of an annual commitment in Dime Box to honor the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces with a ceremony on or near Veterans Day.”

She went on to say, “One of the standards we, as educators are called to uphold, is to produce productive citizens for this country. One way we will support that commitment is to make sure our student body understands why our country sets aside certain days for certain holidays. Every holiday, like Veterans Day, will have some special program or curriculum that will explain its purpose to our students.”

She continued, “While we are very excited and proud that Governor Perry has accepted our invitation, we also want to remind everyone that our Veterans Day program is not about Governor Perry. It’s about the veterans and about the sacrifices they, and their families, have made in order that we might be a free nation, and a nation that supports freedom for all people throughout the world.”

Centilli was named Dime Box’s Superintendent of Schools on August 23, following the sudden resignation of their former Superintendent. Centilli said the plan to invite Governor Perry was set in motion earlier this summer, however, as she was named the district’s Assistant Superintendent in May 2012.

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