The students and staff of Race Brook School in Orange gathered to honor veterans during a very special assembly on Tuesday morning, November 10th. The veterans were whole-heartedly impressed with the warm welcome and excellent attentive behavior of over 400 elementary students during the hour-long assembly. The majority of the attending veterans were relatives and friends of the school’s families. A vivid onscreen MS PowerPoint presentation displaying photos of the veterans with identifying captions and apropos lyrics playing in the background brought tears to the eyes of many in the audience. The children sang well-rehearsed songs to pay tribute to the veterans. They also wrote heartfelt poems and letters of gratitude and handed them out to their guests during the assembly.
The veteran guests were further honored in the classrooms after the assembly where they had the opportunity to share their backgrounds in serving our country and answer questions for students. Many of the veterans shared treasured memorabilia of their service, including medals and scrapbook photos. The veteran guests had the opportunity to continue their conversations in a continental breakfast reception provided by the Student Council and held in the school’s library. The guests were very touched by the school’s efforts to acknowledge all of the veterans as patriots and heroes who showed courage and strength and made many sacrifices for the freedom of our country. The assembly and the activities afterwards were carefully planned and organized by the directors of the school’s Student Council: JoAnne Escandon and Pam Galatioto.