The students of St Mary Catholic Community School held their annual Veteran’s Day Program this Friday. Local veterans were welcomed to the school with thank you cards made by the students, before being led by a procession of Girl and Boy Scouts into the gym where the veterans were met with a roaring standing ovation. The students lifted their voices in song to sing each of the five branches’ song to recognize the veterans as a part of their respective branch. 8th grader, Michael Wysocki, shared a touching poem he wrote about his great-grandfather’s service in the Navy during the Korean War. The keynote address was given by retired Marine Sergeant Michael Carlisle. Music teacher, Tony Rossi, also spoke about his grandfather’s service in WWII and encouraged the veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam to participate in the Honor Flight program. Mr. Rossi also led the choir and audience members in a lively song to honor all fallen heroes in their service to our country. Festivities continued after the retrieving of the colors with a reception of refreshments and time for students to thank the veterans individually for their service. Principal Tom Ruiz said, “We appreciate the opportunity to thank our veterans while at the same time educating our students about the sacrifices that were made for their freedom.”
St. Mary's music teacher, Mr. Tony Rossi, leading the school in a patriotic song.
Thomas James Morris (KA) with Army Veterans Grandpas James Morris (Korean War) and Thomas Zapchenk(Vietnam Vet) in front of an art display organized by St. Mary’s art teacher, Mrs. Amy Cox.
Jorryn Kenney and her grandfather enjoy some time together with refreshments after St. Mary's Veteran's Day program.
St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point offers grade levels Junior Pre-Kindergarten (for three-year-olds) through grade eight. St. Mary’s faculty teaches a rich curriculum supported by cutting-edge technology. Faith, Academic Excellence, Life Lessons, and Compassion are the pillars of the school. To learn more about St. Mary School’s visit school.stmarycp.org.