FORT BEND ISD (Covering Fort Bend News) – Fort Bend ISD joins the nation in mourning the passing of President George H. W. Bush. At Bush High School, students are honoring the life of their school’s namesake, recalling how he modeled servant leadership.
“I can say for everyone at our school that we are proud to be a Bush Bronco because of our school’s namesake and the life he led,” said Student Council member Valeria Pineda.
Pineda worked with her fellow Student Council members to coordinate week-long activities and tributes to honor President Bush. They began the week with a moment of silence and viewing of a video titled, “Remembering our Namesake, George H. W. Bush.” Students also wrapped ribbon in patriotic colors around outside columns and placed a floral arrangement donated by Flowers by Adela near the dedication wall at the front of the school.
During a concert Tuesday night, the school’s varsity orchestra performed two pieces in honor of President Bush – Rhosymedre by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, and a brief setting of America the Beautiful, arranged by BHS Orchestra Director Brian Runnels.
Orchestra members also stepped out of their uniform dress code and wore colorful socks in honor of the president, who was a self-proclaimed sock man. All BHS students and staff will wear patriotic colors and crazy socks mid-week, continuing their tribute to President Bush.
On Wednesday, the National Day of Mourning, 22 of the school’s Navy JROTC cadets will take part in the Arrival Ceremony at Ellington Field, where they will be among guests to welcome the president’s family as they return from Washington, D.C. on Air Force One.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to selected to attend the ceremony,” said NJROTC Commanding Officer Aresha Sheikh. “I’ve never done anything like this before. I get emotional thinking about it.”
“The students are so deserving of this honor,” said BHS Principal Felicia James. “They are about to be part of a historical moment that they will remember always.”
To finish out the week’s events, the Student Council will arrange 41 tea lights down a hallway leading to a tribute table where students can pay their respects. Students will also decorate pillars in the school’s Commons with scrolls of President Bush’s accomplishments. Thursday morning, BHS’ Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold a prayer vigil, and on Friday, the activities will conclude with a campus-wide parade that will feature the BHS drumline.