Honoring Veterans

Honoring Veterans photo

Staff and students from Sylvan Avenue Elementary School recently gathered in the school’s cafeteria to celebrate and honor the nation’s veterans in their annual Veterans Recognition Day assembly.

To begin the morning’s celebrations, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School Principal Alane Dugan addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for attending this special assembly before asking everyone to turn and face the flag for the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2913 were in attendance, and commander Dave Rogers engaged the students in a question and answer session surrounding the topic of servicemen and women. 

Long Island Office of Veteran Affairs Representative Karen Saffari spoke to students about her firsthand account as serving as a medic in the U.S. Army from 1997-2000. Mrs. Saffari invited students up to the stage to try on her military-grade rucksack, and demonstrated the usage of the entrenching tool she brought along to show the students. 

To the crowd’s surprise, America’s VetDogs beneficiary Hugh Riley surprised the students by bringing along the service-dog “Hoola,” who is trained to assist veterans with everyday tasks such as closing the refrigerator door and warning their owner about an oncoming medical issue.

Along with contributions from the Teacher’s Union, staff and students of Sylvan Avenue Elementary School raised $250 which will be donated to America’s VetDogs. Additionally, the students were able to raise approximately $550 which will directly benefit the Honor Flight Network.

The district would like to thank Sylvan Avenue Elementary School speech and language pathologists Laurie Katz and Christine Monahan for organizing this wonderful assembly.

During Academy Street Elementary School’s Veterans Day celebration, second-grade students led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance before inviting the fifth-graders to read pages from a book that taught students about the importance of Veterans Day.

Additionally, a handful of students were granted the opportunity to read the poem “Veterans Day.” As a sign of respect, five students volunteered to dress up as servicemen and women from each branch of United States Armed Forces: the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy.

After a slideshow presentation incorporating pictures of Academy Street students with their special veterans, second-grade teacher Christina Schroeder recognized the veterans in attendance with a special award and thanked them for their service.