Number of Participants: 15
Hours Donated: 2
Value of Time Served: $254
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Date: February 8, 2018
Stewart Manor School fifth-grade students, members of the Student Council and local veterans gathered for a special pre-Valentine’s Day event in the school’s library on Jan. 27.
The meeting began with students presenting American Legion Elmont Post 1033 veterans with handcrafted Valentine’s Day cards for all of their members. The veterans were then invited to share stories about their military service. After enjoying a light snack, the veterans joined the students as they created Valentine’s Day cards for veterans in local hospitals and nursing homes. As the students created their cards, the American Legion members provided suggestions on the sentiments the students should include.
Assistant Principal Cynthia Cameron organized this community service event to bring meaning to the yearly tradition of making Valentines for Veterans.
“It was truly a touching and heart-warming experience,” Ms. Cameron said. “It is something we will continue to do in years to come.”
Members of the American Legion expressed their gratitude to the children for the “outpouring of love” they showed to the group.
- Stewart Manor School fourth-grader Selena Jones presented veterans from Elmont American Legion Post 1033 with Valentine’s cards for members of the post.
- Stewart Manor School fifth-graders Makenna Glynn (right) and Nirvana Moonsammy asked U.S. Navy veteran Michael Sweeney questions about his service.
- Stewart Manor School fifth-grader Emmanuel Pinkney took suggestions for what to write in his Valentine’s Card from veteran Gene Van Haaren.
- Stewart Manor School fifth-grader Samir Bushati and Rachel Mancini handcrafted Valentine’s Cards for veterans in local nursing homes and hospitals.
- Stewart Manor School fifth-grader Marleny Aguilar and Ian Tallini proudly displayed the cards the created for local veterans.
Photos courtesy of the Elmont School District