Number of Participants: 300
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $2,535
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Date: April 26, 2023
Edward J Bosti Elementary School
Bourne Boulevard, West Sayville
In recognition of April as Month of the Military Child, Edward J. Bosti Elementary School in the Connetquot Central School District held a special “Purple Up” assembly on April 26 to honor students whose parents are currently active military. The students honored were Cody Courtney (kindergarten), Liam Cruz (kindergarten), Emily Ramos (grade 5), Leo Ramos (kindergarten), Alexandra Randazzo (grade 2) and Nicholas Randazzo (kindergarten).
Purple Up, observed nationally on April 15, is an opportunity for the nation to honor military children and to recognize and show appreciation for the sacrifices these young people make each day. On this nationally designated day of appreciation, citizens demonstrate their support by wearing purple.
During the assembly, the students heard a poem about the dandelion as the official flower for the Month of the Military Child, due to its resiliency and strength. They also saw a couple of videos depicting the fathers’ way of life overseas as active servicemen. Principal Laura Kimball then called each of the students to the podium to be recognized with a balloon and certificate, thanking them for their sacrifices.
At the end of the ceremony, an American flag, which was flown in support of Operation Spartan Shield, was presented to Lisa Manzo’s second grade class and Mr. Jordan Volper’s kindergarten class.
A: From left, during a Purple Up assembly, Edward J. Bosti Elementary School students Leo Ramos, Liam Cruz, Cody Courtney, Alexandra Randazzo, Nicholas Randazzo and Emily Ramos were honored for their sacrifices as children of active military.
B: Edward J. Bosti Elementary School students Alexandra Randazzo and Nicholas Randazzo are two of six students honored for their strength, resiliency and pride during a Purple Up assembly.
C: Kindergarten students at Edward J. Bosti received an American flag, previously flown in support of Operation Spartan Field, during a Purple Up assembly.
D: Second graders in Lisa Manzo’s class at Edward J. Bosti Elementary School received an American flag, previously flown in support of Operation Spartan Field, during a Purple Up assembly.
Photos courtesy of the Connetquot Central School District