JAMESTOWN – Students at Jefferson Middle School recently gathered to honor local veterans for Veterans Day.
Fifth-graders from Gina Hess and Rebecca Rupolo’s classrooms served veterans desserts and coffee part of a long-standing tradition at the school.
“Veterans Day is a meaningful holiday for students to understand,” said Hess. “When students can speak to veterans directly, they better understand the teamwork and discipline that the military has provided these men and women.”
In addition, the students entertained the vets with songs, poems and stories to thank them for their service to our country.
The gathering is an annual tradition for fifth graders at Jefferson Middle School, which has lasted for about 18 years.
“Students gather knowledge that freedom is something to be valued; something we wouldn’t have without these veterans,” Hess continued. Giving thanks for the extraordinary sacrifices that veterans have given to us is learning beyond the textbook for these students.”
This year, Hess received the Golden Dog Tag Award from the Vietnam Veterans Association as gratitude for understanding and supporting them.
In addition, a donation was given to Hess to assist the continuation of the tradition.