Number of Participants: 300
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $2,535
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Date: November 10, 2023
Leading up to Veterans Day, East Rockaway students throughout the district paid tribute to those who have served with special assemblies, ceremonies and even with a personal visit to their homes to show their admiration and appreciation.
At Rhame Avenue Elementary School, the students attended an assembly where they learned about Veterans Day and met local veterans from the VFW. The students also unveiled their “Wall of Honor” that honors their family members who have served. Parents and grandparents who are featured on the wall joined the students for the presentation.
Centre Avenue Elementary School hosted an assembly with US Army veteran George Catalanotto, who showed the students some military equipment, including helmets and radios, and showed them how to salute. The school also invited local veterans from the VFW to join them for a ceremony that started with the Pledge of Allegiance led by sixth graders and featured a reading of names of local veterans before the kindergartners presented the honored guests with gifts handmade by students.
Finally, fifth grade student council members at Centre Avenue collaborated with the organization “Ninjas4Vets” for a special surprise for members of the local community. The students traveled around the village and showed their appreciation by decorating the homes of veterans with handmade signs and red, white and blue decorations.
#1-2 Centre Avenue Elementary School hosts Veterans Day assembly with US Army veteran George Catalanotto.
#3 Rhame Avenue Elementary School Veterans Day assembly with members of the local VFW.
#4 Parents and grandparents joined students for the unveiling of the “Wall of Honor” at Rhame Avenue Elementary School, a tribute to their family members who are veterans.
#5-6 Centre Avenue Elementary School hosts Veterans Day ceremony with members of the local VFW, who were given gifts handmade by the students.
#7-8 Centre Avenue fifth graders participate in a Ninjas4Vets mission to decorate the homes of local veterans.
Photos courtesy of East Rockaway School District