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Orleans Learning Center Students Celebrate Veterans Day

The Orleans/Niagara BOCES students at the Orleans Learning Center in Medina, recently celebrated Veterans Day. Teachers Paula Scheffer, Susie Zafrano, Kim Wiley, Aimee Nicholas, Theresa Claus and Steve Kuehn had spent the last several weeks reviewing with their students the meaning of Veterans Day, the important role veterans play in our lives, and who is a veteran.

On November 9th, American Legion Commander Mike Hanley, from Lockport Post # 410, and American Legion Auxiliary Department of New York 3rd Vice President, Nancy Babis, visited the school to present an assembly to bring history to life for the students. Commander Hanley spoke to the students about his years of service in the United States Navy. His focus was his experience during the Vietnam War. The informative program allowed interaction between the students and the presenters. Students proudly shared their personal experiences involving family members who have served our country.

A flag folding ceremony was conducted by the Commander and Vice President while Paula Scheffer, American Legion Auxiliary member, read the meaning of each fold. Vice President Babis spoke of the importance of honoring the flag during parades and utilizing the proper etiquette of a right hand salute. Students talked about the importance of respecting the flag and our National Anthem.

A discussion of the history of the poppy was led by VP Babis. The students received a poppy to wear to display their patriotic nature.

A presentation was made to Commander Hanley and VP Babis on behalf of the students and staff who made cookies for the Veterans Day post ceremony reception at the Lockport VFW.

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