Patriots Pride Club Spreading Sense of Patriotism
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Thursday, December 21, 2017
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This fall, Chapin Street School 3rd grade teachers, Michele Manganaro-Thompson and Carrie Joseph, wrote a proposal to form the Patriot Pride Club for 3rd grade students. The goal of this club is to create a sense of patriotism and civic duty in their school and community and to educate students about the sacrifices our military men and women make each day to ensure our freedoms.

The response from students was overwhelmingly positive, resulting in twenty-five students signing up to be members.  “I was shocked at the number of students who wanted to join the club,” stated Joseph. “It was heartwarming to have so many students want to be part of this new club to honor our servicemen and women.”

Joseph further explained, “The club meets two times per month through the end of May. Club members will be responsible for assisting with a variety of activities and fundraisers that supports different organizations with a connection to veterans and our military. Our first fundraiser was very successful - the penny drive for Wreaths Across America raised over $1,300!”

“Members also recently placed wreaths on gravesites at Island Pond Cemetery in Ludlow as part of Wreaths Across America.  We also hope to place flags on the graves for Veterans Day or Memorial Day,”  added Manganaro-Thompson. “Future activities will include members connecting with veterans by writing letters, making cards, and putting together care packages for local veterans, and those deployed.  We also hope to participate in the Ludlow Memorial Day parade and possibly visit the Holyoke Soldiers Home.”

Sienna Leveille was eager to join the club, stating, “My Dad is in the Air Force and is overseas.  I think he will be really happy to know we collected money to put wreaths on the graves of veterans this Christmas.”

“I wanted to join the club because my twin brothers are officially Marines since they finished boot camp. I want to show them I am responsible and thankful for their service,” shared Liam DeGobbi.

Liam further explained that his brothers, 2017 Ludlow High School graduates, Connor and Aidan Thompson completed boot camp in September and have earned the rank of Private First Class. “They are now based in California (The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, also known as 29 Palms), as Machine Gunners.”

“I joined to learn more about veterans and what they do to protect us,”  said Delaney Floyd, who’s father is an Air Force Veteran.  “I liked decorating our red shirts to celebrate veterans on Fridays.”

Delaney was referring to Remember Everyone Deployed (R.E.D.) which is a national initiative that the club initiated at their school to bring awareness of those in the military who will be away from their families over the holidays. Club members created posters and encouraged staff and students to light up the hallways red, every Friday, during the month of December.

Chapin Street Principal, Nikki Reed, is excited that this club has come to fruition.  “Michele and Carrie had a vision to involve students throughout the school year about the sacrifices made by both active military men and women and veterans - to never forget.  Their initiatives will educate and positively impact our entire Chapin Street Community.  I am looking forward to seeing all of the wonderful activities they sponsor during the year.”

 Top Row - Ana Monteiro, Arianna Podmore, Malorie Harris-White, Delaney Floyd, Nolan Lubarsky, Cameron Almeida, Alex Coelho, Utku Baytemur

Middle Row - Isabella Seara, Makenna Shields, Robert Gregory, Andrew Gregory, Liam DeGobbi, Jayden Premo, Nicholas Dunn, Luke Stejna

Bottom Row - Michele Manganaro-Thompson,Alexia Pereira, Sienna Leveille, Tatianna Nogueira, Alannah Saloio, Timothy Maggard, William Hughes, Carrie Joseph


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