Thanking Local Veterans and Learning the Meaning of the Day that Honors All Veterans
Local Veterans from the Ludlow VFW Post 3236 visited Chapin Street School to spread awareness of the meaning of Veterans Day to all 2nd grade classroom. Mrs. Carrie Joseph, Chapin Street 3rd grade teacher, and the organizer of this visit said this is the second year this partnership with the Ludlow VFW Post 3236 has occurred at their school.
Mr. Jim Jyz (Retired Air Force), Mrs. Christine Bassett, (VFW Post 3236 Commander) and Mr. George Murray (Army Vietnam Veteran), spoke to the students about the reason we celebrate Veterans Day, and shared what it means to be in the military. To help students better understand their message they also read the book Veterans Day written by Rebecca Rissman, in each classroom and passed out a coloring book about the Pledge of Allegiance.
Joseph shared that during the classroom visits students asked thoughtful questions of the Veterans about their jobs and responsibilities in the military. Students also proudly shared the names of family members who also serve or served in the military.
In preparation for their visit all Chapin Street students were each given a star to decorate and write the name of a family member that serve or served in the military. Approximately 150 stars were collected and displayed on a bulletin board that was decorated in the lobby of the school as a warm welcome the Veterans, and to thank them for their service.
“The students were very excited and eager to meet the Veterans and spend some time with them,” shared Joseph. “Given the fact that my husband has served our country as a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, it is important to me that we educate our students about Veterans Day and the sacrifices our military, and their families, make to ensure our freedom and safety.”
Photo Credit: Mrs. Carrie Joseph