During this season of thanks, we remember events earlier this month, where students and staff showed thanks for our veterans. Elementary school students brought tears to the eyes of those in attendance at their Veterans Day celebrations. The patriotic events showed local veterans that their service to our country is appreciated, recognized and never forgotten.
Ann MacArthur Primary School second graders welcomed their families for a program that included music and special guests. Dressed in red, white and blue, the students sang patriotic songs including “I Love My Country” by Teresa Jennings, “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie and others.
Some of the students invited veterans that they know to be recognized. The students stood in front of the audience and introduced their guests, stating their names and in which branch of the service the veteran served.
Students in Dani Schatz’s second grade class at Bayville Primary School joined Bayville Intermediate School fifth graders from Kelly Price’s class to recognize veterans from the Bayville American Legion.
Through the “We Have Character!” project, students learned about gratitude and reflected on what they were grateful for and then showed that they were grateful for the veterans by asking them about themselves and their service to our country. Students interviewed the veterans focusing on their military experience and presented them with a flag they made to show their appreciation. The stars on the flag were made with the handprints of the second graders and the stripes were made by the fifth graders.
“The students did a wonderful job asking and listening to the veterans,” Ms. Price said. “The veterans appreciated the students’ interest in getting to know them better. It was an experience I think we will all remember.”
The following veterans were honored during Ann MacArthur Primary School’s Celebration of Gratitude: Alexander Casella, U.S. Army (family friend of second grader Kirsten Dembowski); John Capozzi, U.S. Army (grandfather of second grader Sophia Capozzi); James Ceglia, of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps (family friend of second grader John Dembowski); Anthony Consolazio, of the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II (great-grandfather of second grader Alison Kelly); Pete Eramo, U.S. Navy (grandfather of second grader Charlize Pierro); Michael Gonzalez, U.S. Marine Corps (family friend of second grader Maddi Mazza); Kenneth Kalenderian, U.S. Army (grandfather of second grader Layne Kalenderian); Marc Mueller, U.S. Marine Corps (grandfather of second grader Declan Mueller); Peter Ruotolo, U.S. Marine Corps (uncle of second grader Charlie Ruotolo-Jampol) and Robert Seldomridge, U.S. Marine Corps (grandfather of second grader Declan Habermehl).