Patriotic Celebrations

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In honor of Veterans Day, staff and students from throughout the district took time to honor those who served and continue to serve the nation.

Thanks to the efforts of Academy Street Elementary School second-grade teacher Christina Schroeder, the entire school attended a Veterans Day celebration in the gymnasium. To begin the celebration, fifth-grade students presented the staff and students with facts surrounding Veterans Day, including why it’s celebrated nationally and how important the day is to those who served. 

The Academy Street students also met with America’s VetDogs representative Ruthann Collins who introduced Sully, a Black Labrador retriever who is currently still in training to become a service dog. Upon completion of her training, Sully will be able to successfully undertake at least 72 of 80 trained commands, including opening a refrigerator door and picking up dropped items.

In addition, four student volunteers assisted Mrs. Collins with a demonstration in which they mimicked an individual who no longer has eyesight, in an attempt to show how useful a service dog can be. 

At Sylvan Avenue Elementary School, students joined together to collect hundreds of pounds of candy throughout the course of a weeklong drive. Sylvan’s donations will be sent to servicemen and women overseas in association with the Operation Gratitude organization. According to their website, this organization aims to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the military and first responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve the nation.