Number of Participants: 50
Hours Donated: 2
Value of Time Served: $845
Event Amount Raised: $1,760
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Date: November 4, 2023
Merrick Avenue Middle School
For the second year in a row, the Merrick Avenue Middle School community installed the Flag Field of Honor on Nov. 4 to recognize veterans and active military members.
The flags will be flown through mid-December as a tribute to veterans. The $1,760 in proceeds from the sponsorships is being donated to Honor Flight Long Island for Veterans, and the Nassau County Police Veterans.
The Mack Family, who have an eighth grade student attending Merrick Avenue Middle School secured supplies, storage and materials for the flag field.
“We do this because we don’t want to forget the sacrifice that our veterans have done,” Dr. Jessica Mack.
Teacher Denise Schleith, a volunteer for Honor Flight Long Island, helped to organize the effort.
“I think this is an incredible opportunity to teach our students the importance of honoring, recognizing and expressing our gratitude to those who serve and have served our country,” she noted. “It was a great morning where students were able to hear firsthand from veterans about their experiences while working together. I am really proud of our students and all they do to support our veterans. In addition, students from our International Buddy Club made and mailed over 40 Veterans Day cards. Throughout the year, our club members are very involved in fundraising and honoring veterans through Honor Flight Long Island which sends veterans to Washington, D.C. twice a year. “
Chris Levi, a veteran and double amputee, addressed volunteers and fielded questions from curious students.
“We don’t get through a lot of this stuff unless we work as a team. Just like this flag field. Many hands make light work,” Levi added, with his trusted service dog, Remy, at his side.
Legis. Steve Rhoads was also on hand to praise the student and parent volunteers for their efforts.
“This is one thing you can do in a very active way to show support to veterans and active military,” he said. “And this is something we should do every day; honor their service.”
- Dariella Mauricette and Jiana Tomasello worked together to install flags in the grown.
- Veteran Chris Levy addressed the Merrick Avenue school community as they installed a Flag Field of Honor.
- Avery Rush and Emma Makowsky.
- Elan Guillen
- Soul Brar, an eighth grader, sang the national anthem.
Photos courtesy of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District