Number of Participants: 100
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $845
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Date: May 11, 2021
Northwest Elementary School
County Line Road, Amityville
Not only do men and women make sacrifices to serve in the United States military, but so do their families. In April, which is designated as Month of the Military Child, Northwest Elementary School in the Amityville Union Free School District recognized the children of members of the Armed Forces.
On April 28 and 29, students and staff were encouraged to wear purple to school to show their support. The mother of one child sent in a video, who spoke about her role in the military and what it’s like as a military parent. She even gave students a virtual tour of her base. A father of another Northwest student sent in photos.
In art class, students made cards for military families. On paper shaped like butterflies, each child created a design on one side and wrote a personalized message on the other side. Teacher Lydia Robinson shared some words with students, like brave and courage, that they could include. The cards would be distributed to families through the parent of a Northwest child currently serving in the military.
Social worker Debra Lee, who coordinated Northwest’s celebration of military families, said the goal was give students and appreciation for the different branches of the military and the sacrifices made by both those who serve and their family members.
1: Northwest Elementary School Assistant Principal Sonia Rodrigo, left, social worker Debra Lee and Principal Kathleen Hyland, right, along with students wore purple on April 28 and 29 in support of the Month of the Military Child.
2: The school honored students who parents serve in the United States military.
3: First graders worked on cards for military families during art class.
Photos courtesy of the Amityville Union Free School District