Number of Participants: 22
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $186
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Date: February 3, 2022
Valentine’s Day is about showing love and appreciation, and children at Birch Lane Elementary School in the Massapequa School District did just that for the men and women who have served their country.
The school participated in the Valentine’s for Veterans program, in partnership with the Town of Oyster Bay, and students crafted handmade cards.
“We thank our students for taking time to write messages to the brave men and women who selflessly and honorably served our country to protect our freedom,” Principal Stephen Aspetti said. “This served as a great opportunity for our students to thank a veteran for his or her service, sacrifice and commitment to our country.”
Second grade teacher Colleen McCree said her students first brainstormed ideas about messages they could write to veterans. The project not only gave them a chance to spread kindness, but also helped with their writing skills. Ms. McCree said students learned how to use descriptive language, practiced their penmanship and built their writing stamina as their handwritten letters were three sentences.
1: Birch Lane Elementary School second grader Iliana Amorgianos put her thought into her message in creating a card for the Valentine’s for Veterans program.
2: Gavin Benckwit colored in soldiers as a decoration for his card to thank veterans.
Photos courtesy of the Massapequa School District