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New Canaan Public Schools Salutes Our Veterans
New Canaan Public Schools Honors Our Veterans
To honor our veterans on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019, New Canaan Public Schools presented programs throughout the district. What follows is a photo collage of some of the district-wide programs which took place. Click on either the school name or lead photo to begin the slide shows.
Approximately 25 veterans - all family members of East School students - attended the assembly as honored guests. East School Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts presented the Color Guard and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. East School students sang songs from each branch of the Armed Forces, along with other patriotic songs, and fourth grade speakers presented the history of Veterans Day. Bundles of cards made by East students will be presented to each veteran.
South School has been honoring our veterans on Veterans Day with special programming for more than twenty years. This year's events began with a hallway march, in which students carrying American flags led veterans into full school assembly, in which our veterans were recognized and thanked for their service. Many Veteran Guests of Honor at South were family members of staff and students and members of our community, and some were even staff members at South School.
A morning assembly at West featured special invited guest, Veteran John Calitri, a New Canaan resident, who talked about his career and answered questions about his service in the Army. Students learned about the merits of service to our community and country, sang patriotic songs, and wore red, white and blue to school. Featured musician Louise Barranger, Ridgefield resident, teacher, and professional trumpet player, who currently plays with the brass quintet Revolutionary Brass, explained how the trumpet is used in music for the military.
Saxe Middle School's 12th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day featured invited veterans speaking at various locations in the school throughout the day. These included New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski (pictured), an honorably discharged Marine Corps infantry combat veteran, who discussed his experiences serving our country to Saxe Middle School 7th graders in the Saxe Auditorium. Students also made thank you cards and wrote letters in the cafeteria’s “Thank a Veteran” tent, to be delivered to the West Haven Veterans Hospital or for the New Canaan Veterans Homebound Human Services Program.
NCHS Social Studies teacher Mike Forcucci (pictured above), who served in the National Guard for many years and was deployed in Afghanistan, spoke to students during period 4 in the American Studies room. Students in all U.S. History, American Studies and AP U.S. History classes looked in different ways at interviews with local veterans, examining sources and documents related to service or listening to veterans speak. As a basis for their inquiry, many viewed one or more of the interviews conducted over the past few years in a joint Library of Congress project between the U.S. History program and NCTV/TV Broadcasting. Those interviews can be viewed on the NCTV Youtube channel. Students in other history classes integrated Veterans Day interviews, documents and topics into their studies where appropriate connections were made with the curriculum.