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Barnum Woods Honors Veterans in 14th Annual Ceremony

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Barnum Woods Elementary School in the East Meadow School District conducted its 14th annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 8. The event was organized by Elena Maria DiCocco’s fourth grade class and is a tradition in the Barnum Woods community.

“I strongly feel that the children should meet the true heroes of this country and know that they are surrounded by them every day,” DiCocco said of the time-honored event. “It’s important that they respect and honor our veterans and active service men and women. I hope this ceremony stays with them for the rest of their lives.”

Small gestures of appreciation set the tone for the ceremony. Students handed out “buddy poppies” — small pins created by disabled veterans — to attendees. A photo collage of veterans was on display, and among those pictured were Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., who served in the U.S. Navy, and Barnum Woods School Psychologist Leanne Bonnet, who served in the U.S. Army. 

The moving ceremony began with a procession of veterans and students to the song “God Bless the USA.” As the veterans approached the stage, fourth grader Vithal Gangakhedkar handed each of them a poppy flower to thank them for their service. 

Student Council President Minyoung Kim led the Pledge of Allegiance with the help of representatives Avya Catano and Sean Schettino. Barnum Woods Principal Gregory Bottari then welcomed attendees, followed by a reading on the origin of Veterans Day by fourth grader Matthew David. 

Highlighting the event, veterans spoke to all in attendance about their experiences in serving the country. The ceremony concluded with a dedication of the song “Hero” by Mariah Carey and a presentation of gifts to the veterans. 

The district thanks those veterans who were in attendance and offers its appreciation to all who have dedicated their service to the United States of America.

 

Woodland MS students build communication through obstacles

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Two groups of eighth grade students from Woodland Middle School in the East Meadow School District took part in team-building activities at BOCES Project Adventure in Brookville on Nov. 6 and 7. The educational trip provided a real-world application of the school’s social emotional learning curriculum by encouraging student growth and cooperation. 

Throughout the adventure-filled day, students developed their communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills as they navigated a series of challenges and obstacles. Both faculty and students had a great experience and are looking forward to more team-building events in the future.
 

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Vietnam Veterans Visit W.T. Clarke Middle School

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In keeping with annual tradition, the student government of W.T. Clarke Middle School in the East Meadow School District sponsored a Vietnam War veterans assembly on Nov. 8. 

The event is planned each year to coincide with Veterans Day and aligns with the eighth grade social studies curriculum which covers the Vietnam War. It also complements the English language arts study of Thanhha Lai’s novel “Inside Out and Back Again;” a diary of a young girl living in Vietnam during the war and her move to the United States.
 
The assembly brought in a group of local veterans from the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Bellmore to speak to the students about their experiences during and after the war. The veterans delivered a powerful and informative presentation, and the district thanks them for volunteering their time. 
 

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