Kyle Osborn served his country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Kyle Osborn was a Cole student. He graduated from McCutcheon High School and served our country as a special operations US Army Ranger Sniper. He was killed in the line of duty in 2012. Recently his family was contacted by the 3-Gun Nation organization which was holding a competition in North Carolina. The family was asked to attend the competition as several service men and women were competing in the three gun skills competition in honor of Kyle. At the closing of the event, the family was surprised with a check from the 3-Gun Nation to use as a donation to an organization of their choice. The competition was a Gold Star Mother event, meant to honor those families who have members who have lost individuals in the line of duty. The Osborns, being a family with local ties to their community, wanted the donation to have a local and lasting impact. Part of the donation is coming to the James Cole Elementary School PTO. The PTO will use the donation to create the Kyle Osborn Veterans Day Fund.
James Cole Elementary School Principal, Mike Pinto, explained why the donation is important to the school by stating, "It is so very important that we teach children about the service and sacrifice of the men and women who serve our nation in the armed forces. The Cole Staff is very intentional in the week leading up to Veterans Day to teach about veterans and their sacrifices. Like all schools in the Tippecanoe School Corporation, we honor our veterans with a program. The Cole PTO funds the cost of this program. This donation will ensure that future Veterans Day programs can continue with the materials, music, and support needed to appropriately honor our veterans."
This year's Veterans Day program at James Cole Elementary School occurred on November 8, 2019. Veterans were honored with music from the students led by music teacher, Ruth Ewigleben. The Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade students offered appreciation through cards to all veterans and their family members in attendance. The Fourth Grade recited the poem, "In Flanders Fields". The audience was also treated to a fun interview between first grade teacher, Julie Storms, and former Cole parent and Army Veteran, John Smith, who shared about what life was like in the service and what a veteran is. Mr. Smith's son, Carson, who was also a Cole Cub, is currently serving his country in West Point as a Cadet. Finally, fourth grader, Archer Tilley, presented a framed piece of art he had created as a gift to the Osborn Family. It was a wonderful day of celebration and gratitude at James Cole Elementary School.
"We are blessed to have this donation for our school which will ensure that we can continue to offer our students the chance to learn about veterans and also to offer gratitude to those who served. Thank you, Osborn Family, both for your service and sacrifice as well as your recognition that a donation like this will have a lasting impact at the local level," stated Jasmine Reed, Cole PTO President.