RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph Township Schools paid tribute to American veterans with special assemblies, letters, flowers and songs this past week.

Veterans were asked to visit classrooms and share their experiences with students at several schools. At Randolph High School, students wrote letters and created special cards for veterans and active servicemen thanking them for their efforts to keep our country safe.

At Ironia, U.S. Army Captain Laura Beach, who  served as a civil affairs specialist in Afghanistan, told students that children in some other countries do not have the same opportunities that children have in the United States. "There are not many schools for girls," in Afghanistan, she told students. "The opportunities you have to get your education are so important."

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Ironia students introduced relatives and friends who were veterans. The choir also sang "For the Good of Many" to thank veterans.

Students at Center Grove School created a flag banner out of red, white and blue paper garlands, some decorated with photos of the veterans which fifth graders Katie Park and Zeke Ehrenberg brought into the assembly.  Students also introduced veterans and thanked them for their service. Center Grove fifth graders then sang "Proud to Be an American."

At Shongum School, veterans were invited to spend time in classrooms and then invited to a fourth grade whole school meeting. Later, they enjoyed refreshments donated by the Shongum PTO.

Fernbrook students also thanked veterans for their service at a special whole school meeting.

At Randolph Middle School, 26 veterans spent time in different classrooms and spoke about their experiences in the different branches of the military. RMS Math teacher Chris Scroggins, the 2017 RMS Teacher of the Year, and a graduated of West Point, veteran spoke to all students in Team 8-4 in the library on Wednesdayabout his experience in the military. Eighth grader Liam Lawlor presented Mr. Scroggins with a huge thank you card signed by all of the students in team 8-4.

The celebration began with social studies teacher Rio Clemente playing piano and student Joey Dunne playing Taps. The veterans also enjoyed a special breakfast prepared by the RMS PTO.

Veterans were then invited to enjoy a celebratory continental breakfast provided by the RMS PTO.


Caption: Center Grove fifth graders Katie Park and Zeke Ehrenberg carry a banner to thank veterans into the school’s Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 7.