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District Students Honor and Remember Veterans on Memorial Day

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In honor of Memorial Day, students from K-12 studied, discussed, observed and honored the men and women who died while serving in the United States military.

Students from grades 2-6 participated in a Memorial Day Essay Contest hosted by Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine. Teachers led discussions with their students on why Memorial Day is an important day and asked them to reflect on what the day means to them.

Eighth grade and 11th grade social studies classes spent the day with Nassau County Vietnam War veterans and Glen Cove City veterans. The veterans discussed the personal and military experiences they endured during wartime. Special thanks to Jerry Bryne, Gary Glick, Paul Grieco, Bob Kohler, Sal Martella, Steve Ratnoff, Eric Spinner, Richard Winter and organizer Pat Yngstrom from the Nassau County Vietnam War Veterans; and Tony Jimenez, Army veteran and director of Veterans Affairs, City of Glen Cove; retired Marine Fred Nielson and active duty Marine Staff Sgt. Cherise Herrera, our Glen Cove veterans.

Landing Elementary teachers Mrs. Nicole Mazza, Ms. Courtney McCord and Ms. Romano invited Lt. James Figari and veteran Paul Grieco into their classrooms. The pair spoke to students about the importance of Memorial Day and, in return, students had the opportunity to ask questions.

To end the week, Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society hosted Jeans for Troops Day. Students designated May 22 as a day when the district honors all those who serve our military.  Members of the honor society conducted a bake sale and collected monetary donations from faculty/staff. The organization raised $832, and all of the proceeds went to helping our veterans with employment, housing and health care.

On behalf of the social studies department and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, we thank our faculty, staff and administrative team for the continuous support and collaboration to make all these events a success!