This morning, William O. Schaefer Elementary School welcomed New York State Senator David Carlucci and members of the Raymond W. DeMeola Memorial VFW Post 161 for a special Valentine’s Day for Veterans celebration.
WOS is one of 26 elementary schools across Rockland and Westchester counties who participated in the annual event sponsored by Senator Carlucci’s office, which selects a school to host the celebration and coordinates the collection and distribution of thousands of student-made valentines to local veterans.
Students gave a warm welcome to the veterans, Senator Carlucci and district administrators–including Superintendent Dr. Robert Pritchard, who served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years–and performed three musical selections. A video (below) of students preparing the valentines and expressing their thanks was also screened for the special guests.
Senator Carlucci thanked students and staff for their efforts. “Thank you for honoring our true American heroes…showing them how grateful we are for their service and dedication to our community,” he said.
Happy Valentine’s Day to our veterans and to all!