Two of Roxbury Township Public Schools celebrated and honored nation’s Veterans recently. Both Eisenhower Middle School and Lincoln/Roosevelt Elementary School held special presentations for Veterans and students on Wed., Nov. 9.
EMS kicked off Wednesday’s festivities with a staff sponsored breakfast for more than a dozen veterans. The student council and board of education members were able to sit and chat with these individuals before the morning assembly.
EMS Student Council President Samantha Wrobel shared why she thought Veteran’s Day programs at the schools were necessary.
“It is so important to have programs like this because not all the kids have family members who have served and they don’t get to experience the veterans otherwise,” she said.
This year’s EMS presentation was a collaborative effort with students, staff, and organizations. New this year was the eighth grade concert band participation under the direction of Jeff Conrad from Roxbury High School as well as the presentation of the colors from Girl Scout Troop 94369.
Conrad wanted to participate in some way to honor the veterans not only in attendance but those from his family. He shared afterward that his grandfather, father, and brother have all served the country.
Veterans, including two from EMS, Principal Dominick Miller and Science Teacher John “Jack” Kummerer, were treated to a brief history of Veteran’s Day, patriotic music played and sung by the students, and brief readings.
An important point to note this year was the invitation to the veterans’ families to be present at this program. During the presentation, it was shared that having family in the military is not only difficult on the soldier but on the family members left behind and how “coming home” isn’t just coming home, it takes time for both the soldier and the family to readjust. It’s important just to be there for them.
EMS students and staff wrapped up their presentation with a video thanking all the veterans for their service and their freedom.
A few short hours later many of the same veterans headed over to Lincoln/Roosevelt School for lunch with some of the sixth-grade students. These students were lucky enough to be able to sit and briefly interview all the veterans so they could be personally introduced at the assembly.
Lincoln/Roosevelt put on quite a show with music, dancing, and a history lesson for close to 30 veterans and students thanks to interim principal Cecil “Bud” Beavers and the Lincoln/Roosevelt staff connections.
Veterans and students were able to see military memorabilia and hear patriotic music. All came away from this assembly with a greater appreciation for veterans, what they went through during times of war like having to have their own secret TAP Code language as POWs, and for the families missing them back home.
Assistant Principal Christopher Argenziano shared how his grandfathers all served in the military and had passed away. The best message he could share with the students was to “not take time for granted. Take the time to talk to veterans, your elders, and your family to learn about their history and stories and to know about the past.”