Bucks IU and Snyder-Girotti Elementary School Students Honor Local Veterans at Breakfasts

November 9, 2018 — Many of the stu­dents attend­ing Snyder-Girotti Elementary School have vet­er­ans in their fam­i­lies and because of that, are aware of the ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment, and sac­ri­fice will­ing­ly giv­en by our mil­i­tary personnel.

For this Veteran’s Day, and cen­ten­ni­al com­mem­o­ra­tion of the end of World War I, stu­dents brought in pic­tures of their fam­i­ly mem­bers in uni­form and a beau­ti­ful dis­play was cre­at­ed.  This allowed the stu­dents to share the sig­nif­i­cance and impor­tance of Veteran’s Day with their peers, and pro­vid­ed a won­der­ful cen­ter­piece for their planned breakfasts.

The stu­dents invit­ed local vet­er­ans, from var­i­ous branch­es of the mil­i­tary, to come join them for break­fast.  Children in grades K‑3 par­tic­i­pat­ed on Thursday November 8, 2018 and those in grades 4–6 repeat­ed this with a dif­fer­ent group of vet­er­ans on Friday, November 9, 2018.  They stood with the hon­ored vet­er­ans to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, pro­vid­ed each vet­er­an with a spe­cial American flag pin, and shared sto­ries and poems they had writ­ten.  The stu­dents spent time show­ing their guests the dis­play of their fam­i­ly mem­bers who have served, prompt­ing sto­ries by sev­er­al of the vet­er­ans about their time in the military.

Michael Conallen from Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick's office, presents a flag that was flown over the White House to the school staffSpecial atten­dees includ­ed Representative Brian Fitzpatrick’s (R‑PA 8th dis­trict) office’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Michael Conallen.  Mr. Conallen is a Navy Veteran who pre­sent­ed the school with a flag that had been flown over the White House.  Also attend­ing were Dr. Tom Shaffer, Superintendent of the Bristol Borough School District, Bristol Borough school board mem­bers includ­ing Mr. John D’Angelo who is also the President of the Bucks IU Board of School Directors, and the Bristol Borough Mayor, Mr. Joe Saxton.  The sig­nif­i­cance of atten­dance by these guests was not lost on the stu­dents, as the fact that such impor­tance per­son­nel would take the time to stop at their school to share in this, helped the student’s grasp the sig­nif­i­cance of mil­i­tary ser­vice, and this spe­cial day.


In hon­or­ing our ser­vice men and women, those in active duty were not for­got­ten by these young stu­dents either.  The chil­dren col­lect­ed 8 large box­es of sup­plies to ship out to those cur­rent­ly deployed.  Included were items such as puz­zle books, hygiene prod­ucts, pens and writ­ing sup­plies, bat­ter­ies, snacks, and gum.

The efforts put forth by these stu­dents, under the direc­tion of Amy Austin and Kelly Ware-McGovern, knew no bounds as they worked togeth­er to cre­ate a spe­cial and mem­o­rable day for those who have, and are, serv­ing our coun­try.  Funding came from sales of t‑shirts by the stu­dents in sup­port of RED; Remem­ber Every­one Deployed.  The mon­ey raised was then com­bined with gen­er­ous dona­tions from Keystone Bagel (Bristol), Dollar Tree (Bristol), BuxMont Bouncers (Doylestown), Source4Nurses, the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, and the Bristol Borough School Board.

Crowd sitting at the Veterans Day celebration surronded by red, white and blue decorations.