Special Delivery: PCMS Students Hand-Deliver Veterans Day Cards
A visit to the VA
A special ceremony took place at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System right before Veterans Day. The event included the presentation of colors, music and guest speakers who gathered to commemorate and thank the men and women in the armed forces for their service.
On Nov. 7, among the guests were a group of students from Port Chester Middle School. They had traveled to the VA to present veterans with hand-made cards that they and their classmates had made.
Earlier that week, social studies teachers at the school asked their students to each decorate a card that had been provided by the school’s PTA. The children were encouraged to draw pictures and write a personal note on the inside. All totaled, the students created more than 600 cards.
While they worked on this project, their teachers explained what Veterans Day is and why it is celebrated.
“We explained what a veteran is and what the different branches of the military are,” said social studies teacher Teresa Florindi. “We really discussed why they are writing them. They really got into it.”
Fellow social studies teacher Dan Doherty told his students that their card may be just the thing to put a smile on a veteran’s face.
The two teachers accompanied eight PCMS students to the VA facility. The students were selected because of their interest in social studies.
Prior to the ceremony, the students greeted guests, giving each veteran a card and an American flag.
“It’s a great idea,” sixth-grader Menelik Reason said. “The veterans deserve it for all they have done.”
Menelik said that in his card he wrote about his grandfather, who is a veteran. He also expressed his gratitude to the service member.
“I thanked them for their service too,” eighth-grader Jennifer Alzerreca said. “Without them, I wouldn’t have my freedom.”
Seventh-grader William Villanova said that he “was really writing about how much the veterans do” for America in his card.