Number of Participants: 100
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $845
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Date: November 10, 2022
Shoreham-Wading River Central School District
Albert G. Prodell Middle School hosted a Veterans Day assembly for eighth graders to honor the nation’s heroes on Nov. 7. Student vocalist Kate McQuade led the assembly with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by the middle school chamber ensemble with a patriotic medley conducted by music teacher Fred Volz.
Local veterans John Fernandez, Buddy Gengler, Lt. Dan Guida and Michael Wern were welcomed and shared with the students their experiences in the military. Gengler encouraged all students to find a way to serve the community, whether it be in the military or as a civilian, and Fernandez shared his journey as a wounded warrior and the bond that those who serve have for life.
Nov. 7 marked the anniversary of Lt. Guida’s arrival home from Vietnam, and he noted his appreciation for the support that he receives when he walks the halls of Prodell. It has been a decade since the middle school “adopted” Lt. Guida as the school’s honored veteran. The school community thanked Wern for his continued service to Shoreham-Wading River as a graduate, parent, staff member and guest speaker.
1: Albert G. Prodell Middle School Kate McQuade
2: Albert G. Prodell Middle School honored guests Michael Wern, John Fernandez, Lt. Dan Guida and Buddy Gengler flanked teacher Danielle Senneca.
Photos courtesy of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District