Veterans Day Assembly

“I took an informal survey of your weekend plans,” social studies teacher Paul Ciancio said to the auditorium of eight graders gathered for John Jay Middle School’s Veterans Day Assembly.  “About half of you said you will practice your musical instruments and post videos. Twenty percent said you needed to go shopping. Fifty of you are traveling. Five are going to see a Broadway show.”

“How does it happen that you are able to do those things on a long weekend? It happens because of our honored guests.” Mr. Ciancio looked at the two dozen veterans of the US Armed Forces sitting in the front rows. “They have offered us security and protection and keep our inalienable rights intact.”

Students Spend Time with Veterans

The Veterans Day Assembly was initiated by Principal Swiatowicz

The Veterans Day Assembly was initiated by Principal Swiatowicz. A committee of teachers, administrators, parents, and support staff enthusiastically collaborated. Welcome posters made during Homebase lined the hallway leading to the theater. Sixth graders made patriotic lapel pins for the visiting veterans with Jennifer Useted, library media specialist. Seventh graders made thank you cards which will be packed up with canned goods and delivered to various veteran assistance offices in mid-November. The PTO helped with a breakfast reception for the veterans prior to the assembly.

“We received great feedback from the veterans who attended our assembly,” said Principal Swiatowicz. “They especially appreciated the time they got to sit with our students for breakfast and the way our eighth graders made them feel welcomed and appreciated once the assembly began.”