Local principal, veteran teaches students the importance of Veterans Day

Local Principal, Veteran Teaches Students The Importance Of Veterans Day

SPOKANE, Wash. — Veterans Day is November 11, a day to honor the sacrifice that service members made for the country.

4 News Now is highlighting a local principal — a veteran himself — who is now serving students after serving the country.

Before working at Holmes Elementary, Kale Colyar wanted to join the military and follow his dad’s legacy.

“My dad was in Marine Corps. He was in Vietnam, and I thought to myself, I will join the Marine Corps,” Colyar said.

After six years of serving, he says his military experience helped him write his next chapter as a friend and educator for students.

“Why I went into education in the first place is to serve the greater good than myself to support kids and give them opportunities and the belief that they can do whatever they want,” Colyar said.

At a Veterans day assembly, Colyar says he wants to educate students on the sacrifices that veterans and service members made for the country.

“What time of the day doesn’t matter, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, we have men and women in this country serving to protect us,” he said.

Students are now learning about Veterans Day by singing songs and researching military history. The community also joined the assembly.

“I think it’s impressive that they taught that and keep on teaching that because I have my grandchildren coming up that age. I think it’s important for them to know,” said Carl Richards, a local Navy veteran.

Colyar says he wants to continue to teach the meaning of Veterans Day to students.

“I’m willing to give up my time and my energy to support cause that is bigger than myself. I just want kids to be aware of it and be grateful, and also know that it’s something that they can do too,” Colyar said.