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US Army veteran Glendon Binette sits with son Ethan on his lap, speaking to first-graders at Jackson Heights Elementary about his time in active duty.

November 15, 2013 -- Schools around the district marked Veterans Day with special presentations, guest speakers, and service projects to say “Thank You” to those who have served and continue to serve in America’s armed forces.

At Jackson Heights Elementary, veteran Glendon Binette visited Patty Savin’s first-grade class. He is the parent of one of Mrs. Savin’s students, Ethan. Mr. Binette served as an engineer in the US Army. He answered student questions and showed photos of his time in active service.

At Kensington Road Elementary, local veteran Sergeant Jeff Hayes visited the school to talk with Cindy Fearman’s and Carrie Krogmann’s first-grade classes about the armed forces and celebrating Veterans Day. “The students truly enjoyed his visit,” said Mrs. Fearman. “We also collected candy and toiletries to send to troops overseas, along with letters the students wrote.”

The first- and second-grade classrooms of Kathy Madelone, Patty Irion, and Lynn Morrissey recently participated in the “Adopt a Soldier” program.

“These students decided to sponsor this drive within their classrooms and send some love to our troops overseas for the holidays,” says reading teacher Nicole Bain, who helped organize the effort.

The students made cards and wrote letters to the soldiers, and also collected items ranging from coffee and instant oatmeal, to lip balm and crossword puzzle books. The items were packaged up and sent to the “Adopt a Soldier” organization so the care packages can arrive to deployed units in time for the holidays.

Below, Kensington students display the cards they made and some of the care package items they collected.