Celebrating the Nation’s Heroes

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In keeping with the district’s character education program, Shore Road students showed their respect to U.S. veterans by writing letters to those who have served and now reside in the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Library media specialist Mary Willis explained to the students that writing letters to veterans is extremely important to her, because she has visited her father in a veterans home and has seen some residents who have no one to write to or visit.

“Honoring and writing letters to veterans is one of the most important things we can do each year,” Ms. Willis said. 

The students also read and discussed the symbolism behind “America’s White Table” by Margot Theis Raven. The book talks about the tradition of holding a place setting at the dinner table for service members who have fallen, went missing or have been held captive in the line of duty. A replica of “America’s White Table” also stood in the school’s main lobby to honor lost veterans.

Fifth-grade students in Jody Leibowitz’s class also received a visit from Vietnam veteran Dr. Cappelli, who shared some of his experiences during the war and the importance of celebrating veterans on Nov. 11.