Munsey Park and Shelter Rock elementary school students from the Manhasset Public Schools recently found thoughtful ways to celebrate and honor service men and women this Veterans Day.
Fifth-grade classes at both schools participated in a Zoom meeting with Andy Hayes, a Munsey Park graduate and a pilot in the United States Marines. Hayes shared his military experience with the students and showed them photographs of the different places he has been. At the conclusion of his Zoom presentation, students asked him questions.
Aside from the Zoom meeting, fifth-grade classes from both schools participated in a special Veterans Day community service project. Students created care packages for retired service men and women. They decorated their bags with words of appreciation and patriotic images and placed items such as candy, a notebook, pencils, and a keychain into them.
In addition, Munsey Park fifth-graders in Danielle Mora and Maria Efthimiades’ class partnered with their first-grade buddies in Cassy Santomauro’s class to create cards for veterans. Both the care packages and cards were dropped off at the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University to show the students’ gratitude.
—Submitted by Manhasset Public Schools